Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 4/7

Josh Beckett (L), Doug Fister (R)

After falling on Opening Day on walkoff hit, the Boston Red Sox look to pick up their first win of the season in game two of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast to 43% of the country on FOX. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

After a little uncertainty about his first start due to a thumb injury, Josh Beckett will take the mound this afternoon. He made 30 starts in 2011 for the Red Sox and was 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA. Beckett made two starts against the Tigers last year and was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12 IP). Overall in his career, Beckett has made six starts against the Tigers and is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA. Three of those starts have come at Comerica Park where he is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA (3 ER/20.2 IP).

Doug Fister gets the ball for Jim Leyland this afternoon after going 8-1 in 11 games (10 starts) after his trade to the Tigers from the Seattle Mariners last year. Overall between the two clubs, Fister was 11-13 in 32 games (31 starts). His lone start against the Red Sox came as a member of the Mariners where he picked up the win after 5.2 shutout innings. He’s made four career starts against the Red Sox, all as a member of the Mariners, and is 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the overnight and day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox0-1 Detroit Tigers1-0
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Brennan Boesch RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Kevin Youkilis 3B 5. Delmon Young LF
6. Ryan Sweeney RF 6. Alex Avila C
7. Cody Ross LF 7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 8. Andy Dirks DH
9. Mike Aviles SS 9. Ryan Raburn 2B
Josh Beckett SP Doug Fister SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers batter/pitcher matchups


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Bailey gives thumbs up for return [Boston Globe]

Beckett has plenty to prove [Boston Globe]

Lucchino willing to up payroll [Boston Globe]

Josh Beckett drama begins [Boston Herald]

These Red Sox all new to [Boston Herald]

Andrew Bailey jinxed himself [Boston Herald]

Sluggers Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera go way back [Boston Herald]

Pregame notes: Crawford to get minor-league at-bats ‘very soon’ [Clubhouse Insider]

Sox face daunting opening hurdles [CSN New England]

Bailey frustrated, but pragmatic, about injury [CSN New England]

Red Sox willing to add payroll to improve pitching [CSN New England]

Who will be the Red Sox closer in June? [CSN New England]

Where should Crawford bat when he returns? [CSN New England]

Buchholz heathy, ready to pitch in real games [CSN New England]

Rehab updates: Crawford, Hill and Miller [CSN New England]

Schilling: It’s not me against Bobby V [ESPN Boston]

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett is long on motivation, if hazy on history [ESPN Boston]

Andrew Bailey of Boston Red Sox eager to return post surgery [ESPN Boston]

Crawford “imminent” to play spring games [ESPN Boston]

The best and the worst of the top contracts [Extra Bases]

Hill and Miller start rehab assignments tonight [Extra Bases]

Crawford close to getting in a game [Extra Bases]

Daniel Bard: Red Sox bullpen fine without Andrew Bailey (or him) [Full Count]

Video: A doctor’s perspective of the Andrew Bailey injury [Full Count]

Adrian Gonzalez: ‘I hope [contract] is a bargain for the Red Sox’ [Full Count]

Red Sox bullpen just won’t cut it [Tony Massarotti – Boston Globe]

Which Red Sox Pitcher Will Lead the Team in Wins This Season? []

Daniel Bard Needs to Remain in Rotation, Even Amidst Red Sox Bullpen Questions []

Red Sox Look to Emerge Victorious in American League East Version of ‘The Hunger Games’ []

Crawford close to action at extended spring [Projo Sox Blog]

Hill, Miller to pitch for Class A Greenville [Projo Sox Blog]

Buchholz hopes delivery tweaks prevent back issues [Projo Sox Blog]

After day off, Sox turn to Beckett vs. Tigers []

Optimistic Bailey not dwelling on misfortune []

Can the Red Sox find an old-school formula for bullpen success? [Alex Speier –]

Eckersley and Smoltz weigh in on Bard [Touching All The Bases]

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