"We know that one good week and we're back in it," said Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin. "One good week where we have four or five wins and they have three or four losses, we're right back there. Time is not flying. But what we need to do is, we're not watching them, we're not watching the Yankees, we're watching the Red Sox. That's our main concern."
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (13-8, 5.35 ERA)
Beckett got roughed up for the second straight start and went his fifth straight outing without getting the win. He allowed nine runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees, to go along with a career-high nine walks. Beckett needs to pitch to his potential if the Red Sox are to make a serious playoff run, and with six weeks left in the regular season, he needs to locate his pitches now.
LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (9-0, 1.95 ERA)
Weaver can set an American League record for rookies if he can win his 10th straight decision. The right-hander scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings on Friday against the Mariners. Batters have a difficult time picking up Weaver's pitches because of his deceptive delivery, and thus far, when Weaver's command has been strong, he's been nearly impossible to hit.
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DH David Ortiz clubbed a two-run homer in Wednesday's game and the Red Sox hope he's ready to go on another power binge.
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Friday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 14-5, 3.84) at Mariners (LHP Jake Woods, 3-1, 3.88), 10:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 2-3, 5.40) at Mariners (RHP Gil Meche, 9-8, 4.66), 10:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 3-2, 6.23) at Mariners (RHP Cha Seung Baek, 0-0, 5.40), 4:05 p.m. ET