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Dice-K to pitch Game 1 for Red Sox; Shields on hill for Rays

Updated: October 8, 2008, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka will be on the mound for the Red Sox when the AL championship series begins Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

That doesn't make him Boston's ace.

Josh Beckett is still No. 1 in the Red Sox rotation -- especially during the playoffs -- even though he had the worst outing of the three Boston starters who faced the Los Angeles Angels in the first round. Beckett, coming off a strained side muscle, is scheduled to pitch Game 2 in the best-of-seven series ...

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