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Beckett to pitch Opening Day

Updated: March 26, 2010, 10:06 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite three days off in the first 10 days of the season, the Red Sox came up with a creative solution to use all five starting pitchers in setting their initial rotation Friday.

As expected, manager Terry Francona announced that Josh Beckett will start the season opener a week from Sunday against the Yankees, followed by Jon Lester (April 6) and John Lackey (April 7), completing the three-game set against the Yanks.

"That has been decided for some time,'' Francona ...

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