Red Sox hope Beckett can right ship

Red Sox hope Beckett can right ship

Finally, the Red Sox can show up and just try to win a game, without the burden of ending a losing streak.

The Red Sox snapped their six-game skid Wednesday night and hand the ball to struggling right-hander Josh Beckett in the rubber match of this three-game series against the Angels on Thursday.

Though the Red Sox trail the Yankees by 6 1/2 games in the American League East and the White Sox by four in the Wild Card standings, they are trying to stay focused on their own business.

"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."

Pitching matchup
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.

Player to watch
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.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

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

Up next
• 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

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.