Interleague play ended on a good note for the Boston Red Sox. Josh Beckett shined in his Texas homecoming Sunday, dominating the Astros over eight innings at Minute Maid Park, striking out a season-high 11 batters.
The right-hander, selected Sunday to his third All-Star Game, improved to 7-3 this season to complete the three-game sweep in Houston.
Monday's matinee against the Toronto Blue Jays brings Boston back to Fenway against a familiar AL opponent, with a chance to get to 50 wins. The nine-game stretch in NL ballparks is over, meaning David Ortiz can settle back in the lineup on a regular basis.
Red Sox First Pitch driven by New England acura dealers gets you caught up on the trip that was and looks ahead to the seven-game homestand leading up to the All-Star break at 12:30 p.m. on NESN.
John Lackey, coming off a solid performance against the Philadelphia Phillies, gets the nod for Boston Monday. Brandon Morrow starts for Toronto. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.
Stay tuned for Red Sox Extra Innings immediately following the game, followed by Red Sox Final. NESN Daily gets you caught up on the day in Boston sports at 10 p.m.