After missing out on two earlier chances to face his former team, Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett will finally get his first matchup with the Miami Marlins.
The 2003 World Series MVP will try to help stop Boston's three-game skid while sending the Marlins to a season-high seventh consecutive defeat Monday night.
Beckett's turn in the rotation came one game after Boston's last visit to Miami in 2006 and one game before a series at Fenway Park in 2009.
This time, the Marlins will get to face their former ace in the series opener at their new ballpark.
"It's pretty cool," scheduled Miami starter Josh Johnson told his team's website. "The guy is a postseason legend."
That's largely because Beckett pitched two shutouts for Florida during the 2003 playoffs, including a five-hitter at Yankee Stadium to clinch the World Series in Game 6.
Beckett was drafted second overall by the Marlins in 1999 and spent 2001-05 with the team before he was traded to Boston with Mike Lowell - ...