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Beckett from the pen?

BeckettCLEVELAND -- It will be interesting to see how Red Sox manager Terry Francona handles his pitching staff for the rest of the ALCS. We know Curt Schilling will start Game Six and the Sox will have their entire bullpen ready at their disposal.

But what about if we go to Game Seven? You've got to believe Daisuke Matsuzaka will get the start if for no other reason than the Sox have to justify that $103 million contract. On the basis of who's pitching the best, I'd go with Jon Lester. Tim Wakefield should be available in relief and Josh Beckett (right) indicated after his brilliant Game Five performance that he might be able to pull a Randy Johnson and throw and inning or two of Game Seven relief.

"We'll delve into that later," the always foul-mooded Beckett scowled after Game Five. "Obviously I'm preparing myself for them to ask me that, and as of right now, yeah, I think that would be something I could do."

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Associated Press)


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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