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Finally, some rest for first-place Sox

It’s been a while since the Red Sox got a rest.Before today, Boston’s last day off was July 21 — 20 games ago and a week after the All-Star break.

It’s been a while since the Red Sox got a rest.

Before today, Boston’s last day off was July 21 — 20 games ago and a week after the All-Star break.

The constant pace hasn’t taken much of a toll, though. The Sox went into last night’s late series finale at Minnesota with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. They were riding a four-game winning streak, including two against New York.

Boston starts a decidedly less stressful portion of its schedule tomorrow night, when it heads to Seattle for the opener of a three-game series.


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They have Monday off for travel, then host the Rays for a three-games-in-two-day set Tuesday and Wednesday. After Tampa Bay, it’s back on the road to Kansas City and Texas.

John Lackey (10-8, 6.14 ERA) will start tomorrow’s game against the Mariners. The Sox have won five of his last six starts, including the first four in a row.

He’ll be opposed by Blake Beaven (3-2, 2.83 ERA), a rookie out of Irving, Texas.

Beaven was the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2007. He’s been quite impressive since joining the Mariners on July 3, posting a statistical quality start in each of his six outings, including a loss at Boston on July 23.

 
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