BALTIMORE -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' game with the Orioles at Camden Yards Wednesday night, Josh Beckett said that his absence absolutely contributed to where the Sox find themselves in the standings. "Absolutely," the pitcher said. "All that time I missed, that hurt us."
Beckett also explained why he didn't speak to the media following the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Baltimore Tuesday night, marking the first time in his Sox' career that he hasn't answered questions following a start. "I had stuff to do. Stuff to take care of," he said. "I couldn't put it into words."
Beckett said he felt like he made "progress" with his seven-inning outing Tuesday night, in which he allowed three runs (2 earned), and seven hits while striking out five and walking one. He did, however, say the situation with the team's playoff hopes and his up and down performances are "pretty frustrating." Beckett did note that he felt like he had good stuff in his previous start against Seattle. "Results are still a process," he said. "The process better get right."
Asked about the Red Sox' current position in the American League playoff race -- which has the Sox eight games in back of the Yankees and seven behind Tampa Bay -- Beckett said, "It's definitely different right now ... I don't think we've completely folded up the tent."
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