Toronto (3-3) at Boston (5-1)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 11, 2006
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Coco Crisp is hurting, David Ortiz is happy and Josh Beckett is ready for his first start at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in their home opener Tuesday.

Crisp, the center fielder acquired from Cleveland in the offseason, will be out at least 10 days with a fractured left index finger suffered in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Baltimore.

Crisp may go on the disabled list due to the injury, a slight break on the base of his left index finger, suffered when he tried to steal third base.

He doesn’t require surgery but will need at least two weeks to allow the injury to heal.

Beckett won’t have Crisp’s services when he makes his debut in a Boston home uniform, but his new team will have Ortiz around for quite awhile.

The big slugger signed a four-year contract extension Monday, keeping the clubhouse leader and fan favorite in Boston through 2010, with a club option for 2011. Ortiz has a homer and four RBIs in six games this season as the Red Sox have sprinted out to a 5-1 start.

“I want to finish my career as a Red Sox player,” Ortiz said Monday at a news conference at Fenway Park. “I’m going to be around for a while. I’m pretty sure New England is going to take this as good news.”

Beckett, acquired from Florida in the offseason, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings in his Red Sox debut, a 2-1 win over Texas on Wednesday.

He has never faced Toronto, having spent the first five years of his career in the National League.

Boston swept Baltimore over the weekend, has won four in a row and is off to its best start since 1999, when it opened 6-0.

“I think Fenway will be jumping. It’s a great way to go home,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Tuesday’s contest begins a 10-game homestand for the Red Sox, who will also face Seattle and Tampa Bay. Boston was a major league-best 54-27 at home in 2005.

The Blue Jays (3-3) alternated wins and losses during an opening six-game homestand, finishing with a 5-2 defeat to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

“We’ve got to (be) happy, but for us to get into it we got to find ways to win games like that,” said Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay, who allowed five runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings. “Finding a way to win it—that’s what is going to get us over the hump. That will make the difference.”

Josh Towers starts Tuesday for the Blue Jays, hoping to put his first start of the season—and his past results against Boston—behind him.

Towers, who gave up four earned runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 13-4 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday, has struggled in his career against the Red Sox.

The right-hander is 3-3 with a 6.75 ERA in eight games against Boston and has had trouble with Ortiz. The Red Sox designated hitter hit a two-run homer in Towers’ only start against Boston last season and has two homers and six RBIs in six at-bats against him.

The Blue Jays went 11-7 against Boston in 2005.

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J. Towers LAD vs. J. Beckett LAD
2-10 Record 16-11
8.42 ERA 5.01
35 K 158
17 BB 74
1.77 WHIP 1.29