Josh Beckett was given the choice between returning to the Red Sox’s rotation Thursday or Friday and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he’s settled on Friday against the Rays.
Beckett missed one turn in the rotation with a sprained ankle suffered on September 5, but reported no problems following a bullpen session Monday.
Boston had listed “TBA” as the scheduled starter for both Thursday and Friday, so now rookie Kyle Weiland will get the nod Thursday night.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.