Josh Beckett threw on the side Sunday before the series finale with the Orioles at Fenway Park and was cleared to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Beckett left Friday night's game with a hyperextended left knee when he slipped on a wet mound. He threw four shutout innings before slipping in the fifth and leaving after just 68 pitches.
Sunday's decision also means Beckett should be at full strength and ready to return the rotation after the break.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz - on the disabled list with a strained lower back - did not throw Sunday. Buchholz received treatment and will be monitored over the break, throwing only under team supervision if his back continues to respond to a cortisone shot last week.
Carl Crawford will play in two minor league games on a rehab assignment next weekend for Triple-A Pawtucket before returning to the Red Sox on July 18 in Baltimore.
The star left fielder has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since June 17 but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that if everything goes well in two games, Friday and Saturday, Crawford will join the team for their series at Camden Yards.
With rookie Kyle Weiland getting his first major league start for the Red Sox Sunday against the Orioles, the Red Sox will have Jason Varitek behind the plate serving as his battery-mate. The Sox will also have a lefty-heavy lineup going up against Baltimore righty Mitch Atkins. Here is the lineup for the Red Sox, who are looking for a series sweep against the O's:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick LF
Jason Varitek C
J.D. Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after the team's 4-0 blanking of the Orioles Saturday that he saw a "crispness" in starter John Lackey's pitches that helped propel the righty to 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. It was Lackey's sixth win of the season, as his record now stands at 6-8.
"That was fun to watch," Francona said of Lackey. "He threw a bunch of strikes. … There was some early contact, and only one inning where I think he threw 21 pitches in one and everything else was in the teens. He kept it down. He threw his breaking ball real effectively. He just really pitched effectively."
Lackey, meanwhile, insisted that his arm didn't feel very different than it did when he was chased in the third inning of his last start.
"I guess I was locating a little bit better, but honestly, not a whole lot [was different]. The velocity was pretty much the same. I told you my arm felt pretty...
John Lackey turned in his best Fenway start of the season Saturday night, and though Baltimore starter Alfredo Simon matched his work early on, the Sox rewarded the righty with a 4-0 victory.
Lackey, who entered the game with a 7.47 ERA, did little of anything his season stats would suggest. He racked up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and walking one. His fastball reached the mid-90's on a night in which he improved his record to 6-8.
Offensively, it was a pair of doubles and another from Josh Reddick that did the damage for the Red Sox. The All-Star third baseman and the 24-year-old outfielder each had a pair of runs batted in on the night.
The Red Sox broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury laced a ball to right for a stand-up triple with one out. Dustin Pedroia then hit a grounder back to the mound, where Simon caught Ellsbury, who had already departed for home. The...
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