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Boston Red Sox Inside Pitch 2008-04-28

Boston Red Sox Inside Pitch 2008-04-28
After going through a week of turmoil, the Red Sox are happy to be returning to some semblance of normalcy as their pitchers return to good health, injured players are returning to the fold and another homestand is on the horizon.

Josh Beckett pitched an excellent 13-strikeout game that he ended up losing Sunday afternoon, and fellow flu-stricken pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is on pace to make his first start in nearly two weeks on Wednesday.

For a team that has gone through a rigorous season-opening trip to Japan, a number of injuries to positional players after enjoying relative health last season and illness that has stretched their starting depth and burnt out the bullpen, a bit of good health and good fortune is hopefully on the horizon.

That good fortune hasn't been on the road for the Sox as they've put together a 6-8 record on the road this season, and are an amazing 1-7 indoors this season including an 0-for-3 at the Rogers Centre, 0-3 at Tropicana Field and 1-1 at the Tokyo Dome. A day off on Monday should do the Olde Towne Team a world of good after playing games on 20 consecutive days, but the Sox are still enduring a stretch when they're playing 36 games in 37 days.

"We have some guys that need to throw a little bit and we'll use the day off (on Monday) to our advantage," Sox manager Terry Francona said to NESN following Sunday's game. "We hope it does us some good."

RAYS 3, RED SOX 0: The Sox suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time in franchise history and managed only two hits in the loss. Josh Beckett pitched a strong game in rebounding from the flu and struck out a career-high 13 batters, but also allowed a pair of runs when he needed to be nothing short of perfect.

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Added: April 28, 2008

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