Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/26/13
8 a.m. ET: Win No. 1 has been elusive. Ryan Dempster has pitched well for the Red Sox in his four starts, but he still hasn’t been able to pick up his first win of the season. The right-hander will have a great opportunity on Friday, though, as he’ll toe the rubber against the lowly Astros. Clay Buchholz and the Sox took care of business in the series opener on Thursday behind another solid offensive performance from David Ortiz. Big Papi went 3-for-4 with a home run, and he’s now hitting .550 (11-for-20) since returning to the Red Sox’ lineup. Standing opposite of Dempster on Friday night will be the well-traveled Erik Bedard, who made eight starts for Boston in 2011. Bedard only won one game in a Red Sox uniform, and he made a less-than-impressive stop in Pittsburgh before joining Houston. Bedard enters the game with an 0-1 record and a 6.17 ERA in four appearances (three starts). Friday night’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Be sure keep it right here.

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