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09/29/2010 - 10:59pm
Beckett says back wasn't an issue

CHICAGO -- Speaking after the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to the White Sox, Josh Beckett said that the back injury he had been sidelined with for almost two months wasn't a factor since he returned to the team's rotation on July 23. The pitcher finished off his 2010 season with a six-inning outing, in which he allowed four runs on 11 hits, giving up three runs in the seventh inning. 

 

"The back has been pretty good," said Beckett, who ends '10 at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

 

"A lot of things are based on results. People say results don't really matter, but results matter. When it's all said and done, that's what you have."

 

Since returning from the disabled list, Beckett went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In the season's final month, he made five starts, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA while pitching at least six innings in each of the outings. Asked if he was hoping to build off of the final few appearances,...

09/29/2010 - 9:42pm
Beckett finishes disappointing year with loss

CHICAGO -- A day after being officially eliminated from postseason consideration, the Red Sox stayed stuck at 87 wins, losing to the White Sox, 5-2, Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

 

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who once again fell victim to the one, big inning. This time the righty's fate was sealed in the seventh, when he surrendered three runs after allowing just one leading into the inning. Beckett, who was making his final start of the season, finished by giving up four runs on 11 hits, with five strikeouts and four walks, over six innings. He finishes the season with at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

 

The Red Sox finished with just four hits, with Marco Scutaro, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, and Jed Lowrie each collecting one apiece.

 

The Red Sox struck first with a run in the fourth inning off of Chicago starter Freddy Garcia (7IP, 2R), coming when Ortiz placed a...

09/29/2010 - 8:20pm
Next stop Europe: Bruins fall to Caps

In their final North American preseason tuneup before getting on a plane for Belfast, Ireland and their season opener on Oct. 9 in Prague, the Bruins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Washington Capitals Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

 

Tim Thomas saw his first action of the preseason and played all 60 minutes, allowing four goals on 24 shots. Niklas Backstrom scored the first two goals before the Capitals built their lead to 4-0 early in the third period. 

 

Mark Recchi scored his first of the preseason midway through the third on a power play, with assists from Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder. The Bruins left immediately after the game for Logan Airport, where they caught a charter flight to Belfast. They will play an elite area team in Ireland on Oct. 3 before opening with the Phoenix Coyotes in a pair of games Oct. 9 and 10.

 

The Bruins finished their NHL portion of preseason with a 1-3-1...

09/29/2010 - 8:11pm
Tampa native Cash: Trop attendance 'a joke'

CHICAGO — Kevin Cash – a native of North Tampa — not only agreed with the frustrations recently relayed by Rays’ players Evan Longoria and David Price over the lack of fans in the stands at Tropicana Field, but took his criticism to another level.

 

“I agree with them 100 percent,” said Cash, referring to comments made by Longoria and Price in regard to the attendance (or lack thereof) at the Rays’ home ballpark despite the team making the postseason for the second time in three years. “It’s a joke. I’m not going to sit here and call out fans. I respect everything about the economy and everything. But at the same time, the Yankees and Red Sox, they’re not complaining.

 

When asked if the trend in attendance at The Trop could ever be...

09/29/2010 - 3:08pm
Sox lineup: Last start of season for Beckett

With any hope of a miracle run to the postseason dashed on Tuesday, the Red Sox return to U.S. Cellular Field to play the third game of a four-game set with the White Sox.

 

The Red Sox (87-70) were officially eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday with wins by the Yankees and Rays. This marks the first time since 2006 that the Sox will not be a participant in the postseason.

 

Josh Beckett (6-5, 5.77 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox Wednesday, looking to end what has been a disappointing season on a high note. He will be opposed by Freddy Garcia (11-6, 4.74).

 

Sox lineup:

 

Scutaro, 4

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Lowrie, 6

Kalish, 8

Nava, 7

Beckett -- SP


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