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Brown casts his vote for the Red Sox starting rotation

Would Scott Brown leave Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the Red Sox rotation this season?

Last night, appearing as a guest on the “Ten @ Ten” segment of “The Jay Leno Show,’’ the US senator-elect from Massachusetts was asked asked to name the starting five pitchers for the Red Sox for the 2010 season in 15 seconds. “It’s obviously up in the air a little bit,” Brown said. “But you have Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Beckett, Wakefield, or let me see here, probably Wakefield or Dice-K.”

Assuming Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey are three of the Red Sox starters, who would you vote for to round out the rotation?

Brown was also asked about any campaign blunders he made and he referenced Martha Coakley’s comment that Curt Schilling was a Yankees fan. “Nothing like the Red Sox gaffe,” Brown said. “Curt Schilling is definitely a Red Sox fan.”

In an appearance on this morning’s Dennis and Callahan show on sports radio WEEI, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was asked if Brown would be throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. “We’re actually looking into that,” Lucchino said. “We certainly think that he’s a real baseball fan and if you heard him on Leno last night, he identified the Red Sox rotation and the sixth starter with alacrity. He’s clearly a hard-core Red Sox fan and I think some kind of invitation would be appropriate. I don’t know if it will be Opening Day but we’ll invite him.”

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