Daisuke Matsuzaka to Be Skipped in Rotation, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester to Pitch in New York


Daisuke Matsuzaka to Be Skipped in Rotation, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester to Pitch in New York With a day off Thursday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona elected to switch up the rotation a bit before his team’s weekend series with the Yankees.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will no longer pitch in the series. Instead, Jon Lester will pitch on Sunday on normal rest.

Dennis Eckersley said on Red Sox Gameday Live that Francona has been planning on tweaking the rotation for a little while, but that a wild homestand put that on the back burner. He also said that the Sox have a distinct pitching advantage in their upcoming series with the Yankees, and that the rotation is the Sox’ biggest strength.

To check out the complete Sox rotation, and hear what Eckersley and Tom Caron had to say about it, check out the video above.