Wednesday Oct. 8, 2008
UNDATED (AP) -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona says he'll hand
the ball to Daisuke Matsuzaka for Friday night's opener of the American League Championship Series with Tampa Bay.
The 18-game winner will be followed in the rotation by 2003
World Series MVP Josh Beckett. Jon Lester starts Game 3 when the series shifts North to Fenway Park on Monday. Forty-two-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is penciled in to start Game 4.
Rays skipper Joe Maddon will send James Shields to the mound in
Tropicana Field for Game 1, followed a day later by Scott Kazmir. Matt Garza goes for Tampa Bay in Game 3 at Boston, with Andy Konnanstine the Rays starter for Game 4.
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