Becket to kick off Interleague Play
Boston (38-21) at Arizona (36-24), Friday, 9:40 p.m. ET
The Boston Red Sox return to Interleague Play over the next 15 games starting Friday, as they open a three-game series against Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Red Sox will play the series without benefit of the designated hitter, which means David Ortiz will have to break out his first baseman's glove while in National League parks.
Red Sox skipper Terry Francona doesn't like the idea of losing his DH, though on the bright side he said, "it does give us an extra hitter when we need to pinch-hit."
The Red Sox may have finally caught up with the Pacific Time Zone after the quick turnaround last weekend, as Curt Schilling hurled the third one-hitter of his career in Boston's 1-0 victory over Oakland on Thursday.Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (8-0, 2.95 ERA)
Beckett battled in his previous start, against the Yankees on Sunday night, giving up eight hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision. The right-hander remains unbeaten and is still alive in his quest to become the sixth pitcher in Red Sox history to open a season 9-0. Lifetime against the D-backs, Beckett is 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA. ARI: LHP Doug Davis (4-6, 3.05 ERA)
Davis pitched well in his last start against the Mets in New York. The left-hander allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings. He threw more curves than usual because the D-backs scouting report said the Mets have struggled with the breaking ball. Davis is on a roll. In his last three starts, he has allowed just four earned runs over 22 2/3 innings. So far this year, Davis has given the D-backs exactly what they hoped for when they acquired him from the Brewers during the offseason.
Player to watch
Third baseman Mike Lowell has the most history against the D-backs, bringing a career .291 average against them on Friday. He's hit seven home runs and driven in 33 runs against Arizona. Against Davis, Eric Hinske hit a three-run home run in his only at-bat. Two of Wily Mo Pena's three hits (in 14 at-bats) against Davis are home runs.
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Saturday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 5.33) at Arizona (Micah Owings, 4-1, 3.86), 9:40 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 7-4, 4.63) at Arizona (Randy Johnson, 3-2, 3.78), 4:40 p.m. ET
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.