Extra Bases

Pregame notes from Toronto

The dome is currently closed at Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays are taking batting practice here at the beginning of a two-game series between the Red Sox and Blue Jays. This is a six-day, five-game road trip which travels to New York for a three-game series starting next Friday.

Quiet news day as the Red Sox have reshuffled the deck a tad on their starting rotation for the Yankees series. Clay Buchholz will oppose Bartolo Colon on Friday, Josh Beckett will go against CC Sabathia on Saturday and Jon Lester, who will also pitch tonight will oppose Freddy Garcia. No Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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He’ll go vs. Baltimore.

“When we get back (to Boston) it’ll be Daisuke, Lackey, Buch. We’re giving Daisuke a couple of extra days because we’re trying to spread out a couple of guys and also lining up for how it seems to make sense. Trying to kill a bunch of birds with one stone. We talked to Dice yesterday just so he knew that way he could prepare with Curt and we’re OK from there,” Francona said.

Is the rest good for him?

“It was a bit of a unique week,” Francona said. “There was a lot of pushing and pulling. We didn’t know what was going on and so that not only sets us up for the week the way we want to be moving forward, so I think we can accomplish a lot of things with this.”

Jacoby Ellsbury’s 18-game hitting streak is on the line tonight.

Josh Beckett’s second straight scoreless outing Monday was the 9th scoreless outing by a Sox starter, which is tops in the Major Leagues. The Sox also have a 2.35 ERA in their last 10 road games.

Tim Wakefield is 44 years, 281 days old today and is the oldest active ML player. His next appearance will make him the oldest player to ever play in a game for the Red Sox, passing Deacon McGuire, who was 44 years, 280 days in his last game on August 24, 1908.

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