Beckett can close out May in style

Beckett looks to close out May in style

The Red Sox will be hoping for big things from Josh Beckett in Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Boston's bullpen could use the break, particularly after working 4 2/3 innings on Monday.

Based on his form so far this month, Beckett is just the man for the job. He's been flawless in five May starts, posting a 4-0 record and a 3.01 ERA.

That's good news for the Sox, who are concerned about the health of David Wells and consecutive poor starts from Matt Clement.

Boston's bats, on the other hand, are in fine form. Manny Ramirez returned to the lineup on Monday following a two-game break and smacked his 12th homer of the year, and Coco Crisp hit his first round-tripper of the year in his second game since returning from the disabled list.

The Sox are just 3-6 against their Canadian rivals so far this season and will try to change their luck against lefty Gustavo Chacin. It's the eighth start of the year for the 25-year-old, who missed his past two starts because of soreness in his elbow and forearm.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (7-1, 3.80 ERA)
It's been a brilliant month of May for Beckett, who has gone 4-0 in five starts. He blanked the Devil Rays over six innings in his last outing, striking out seven and giving up just four hits.

TOR: LHP Gustavo Chacin (5-1, 5.31 ERA)
The Venezuelan lefty makes his first start since May 10 following a stint on the disabled list with a sprained elbow and tender forearm.

Player to watch:
Mark Loretta went 2-for-4 on Monday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. He is batting .424 over that span, with three doubles and 14 RBIs. He has 12 multi-hit games in his past 18 appearances.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Red Sox (TBA) at Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 5-4, 4.00), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 8-2, 3.93) at Tigers (LHP Kenny Rogers, 7-3, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

Ian Harrison is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.