Beckett named Opening Day Starter!
For Immediate Release
March 28, 2009
JOSH BECKETT NAMED 2009 OPENING DAY STARTER VERSUS TAMPA BAY ON APRIL 6
Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka to Follow
FORT MYERS, FL–Righthander Josh Beckett will start for the Boston Red Sox in the team’s 2009 regular season opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 6 at Fenway Park.
Lefthander Jon Lester will take the hill for the Red Sox on Wednesday, April 8 followed by righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 9. Manager Terry Francona made the announcement today.
The Rays will start righthander James Shields on Monday, lefthander Scott Kazmir on Wednesday, and righthander Matt Garza on Thursday.
Francona also announced the club’s starters for the two exhibition games against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Lester will take the mound on Friday, April 3 with Matsuzaka starting Saturday’s matinee.
You go, Josh, start our year off right in 09! Cy Young for Beckett in 09! GO SOX!
GO RED SOX!!! Can’t wait for the opener!
Holy Cannoli, we’re talking pitching rotations…I can practically smell the sausage and peppers grilling outside my beautiful old green cathedral of baseball now !! That means I see Beckett pitch twice in April !! I’m gonna drop off a freshly powdered (sugar) batch of cannoli for ya!
Great to hear the news about Beckett. It’ll be his first opening day start in Boston right? He has looked so great this Spring! I am confident that he will have a great year!