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.