TOR: RHP Jesse Litsch (1-3, 4.74 ERA)
Litsch, whose bread-and-butter pitch, the sinker, earned him the call to replace Burnett in the rotation on July 3, pitched well in his first appearance in the Majors in more than a month, allowing two unearned runs in seven innings in a loss to Oakland. In three previous May starts, the rookie had been knocked around by the Phillies, Twins and Yankees.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (12-2, 3.44 ERA)
Beckett faced Toronto four times last year. He allowed three hits and one run in seven innings against the Jays on April 11, then went into a tailspin in three subsequent meetings, allowing 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings. On May 8 of this year, he gave up just one earned run in seven innings at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
Wells went 1-for-3 against the Red Sox in that May 8 game. So far so good for Beckett in 2007. Tickets
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Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less