Beckett will start Wednesday vs. Rangers

August, 4, 2012
8/04/12
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BOSTON – Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday afternoon that pitcher Josh Beckett will start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers in a matinee game at Fenway Park.

The right-hander played long toss in the outfield earlier in the day and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday in preparation for his next start.

“Great. He really felt good today,” Valentine said.

Beckett was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers with two outs in the top of the third inning after suffering back spasms while pitching on a wet mound at Fenway. He was skipped from his scheduled start on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, with left-hander Franklin Morales getting the nod.

Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 18 starts this season.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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