Beckett spent the first five years of his seven-year professional career in the National League, where he compiled a 3.46 ERA in 609 innings. On Thursday, he faces the Senior Circuit's Colorado Rockies, just six days after shutting down the NL West's Arizona Diamondbacks through eight quiet innings.
Beckett last faced Colorado on Aug. 8, 2005, at Coors Field in Denver, where he held the Rockies to two earned runs in six innings. These Rockies are an older, more mature outfit, retaining eight position players from that 2005 team, including Todd Helton and Matt Holliday.
The Rockies counter with left-hander Jeff Francis, a former first-round Draft pick who has a 3.81 ERA.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (9-0, 2.88 ERA)
Save for a mid-May DL stint with an avulsion on his pitching hand, Beckett has shown little trouble with American League opponents through two months. With his 10th win, Beckett would jump ahead of several fellow contenders for the All-Star Game starting spot, which includes pitchers like the Angels' John Lackey, Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia and Oakland's Dan Haren, whose 1.58 ERA is the league's best.
COL: LHP Jeff Francis (5-5, 3.81 ERA)
Francis had a 6.52 ERA in April but has recovered with a 2.47 ERA and four wins since. In his last start at Baltimore, Francis got the loss, going seven innings and allowing four runs.
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Only six current Red Sox have faced Francis. Of them, former Los Angeles Dodger J.D. Drew has three hits in seven at-bats.
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Friday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 5.25) vs. Giants (Barry Zito, 6-6, 4.02), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 7-5, 4.52) vs. Giants (Matt Cain, 2-6, 3.31), 3:55 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 6-7, 3.92) vs. Giants (Matt Morris, 7-3, 2.56), 2:05 p.m. ET