BOSTON (AP) -- Considering the number of runs the Red Sox scored against the Texas Rangers, a rainout might have been the only thing that could have possibly slowed down Boston.
"You come off a series against Texas where it feels like you're scoring 12 runs a game," said Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie, who was 7-for-12 in the series and drove in five runs. "You want to keep things rolling."Friday night's rained-out game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 13.The Red Sox have won four straight after sweeping Texas, scoring 37 runs against the Rangers to keep pace behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay. Boston scored its most runs in a three-game set since getting 45 against the Florida Marlins from June 27-29, 2003."You can't control Mother Nature," Lowrie said. "We've got to show up tomorrow ready to play."The rainout also postponed Paul Byrd's first start with the Red Sox.Byrd was acquired from Cleveland on Tuesday to help the back end of the Boston rotation, which has seen Tim Wakefield go on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his shoulder earlier this week and rookie Clay Buccholz struggle much of the season.Byrd hasn't pitched at Fenway Park since last season's AL championship series, when he lost Game 7 following a report in the San Francisco Chronicle that he had used human growth hormone. Byrd has said he used it for a medical condition with a doctor's prescription.The veteran right-hander was pushed back to start Saturday night against Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay. Josh Beckett will take the hill for Boston on Sunday against Shaun Marcum.The Blue Jays also announced that they had activated left-hander Brian Tallet and sent Scott Richmond to Triple-A Syracuse, a move that gives the bullpen another fresh arm.Tallet is 0-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 38 2-3 innings for the Blue Jays this season, but hasn't pitched since July 24 because of a broken toe.Richmond (0-2) made three starts for the Blue Jays after getting called up from Syracuse. He lasted at least five innings in each and never allowed more than three earned runs.General manager J.P. Ricciardi said it could be enough to warrant a September call-up."We haven't made our minds up," Ricciardi said, "but he did a good job, a real good job. He came out of nowhere and put us on the map."
Boston reached agreements on minor league contracts with fourth-round pick Pete Hissey and fifth-round selection Ryan Westmoreland. Hissey gets a $1 million signing bonus and Westmoreland a $2 million signing bonus. Westmoreland's is payable over five years, a provision teams can use with dual-sport athletes. Both are outfielders. ... Red Sox starter Bartolo Colon pitched one inning in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket before leaving the game with a stomach flu. ... The Red Sox took their team picture prior to Friday's rainout. David Ortiz was the last one out. "Just like Pedro," he joked as he went out the clubhouse door on his way for the shoot. Pedro Martinez was well known for his absence at some team pictures during his seven-year tenure in Boston.