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In first half, Beckett the clear-cut ace

A player-by-player look at the Sox pitching before the All-Star break

Updated: July 14, 2011, 2:33 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Here's a player-by-player look at Red Sox pitchers in the first half of the season.

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Josh Beckett -- The clear-cut ace after opening the season as the fourth starter, Beckett's 2.27 ERA is the lowest for a Red Sox pitcher at the break since Pedro Martinez's 2.26 in 2001. Opponents hit just .187, the third lowest off a Red Sox starter in the first half since World War II. Beckett's numbers come despite 10 of 17 starts on the road. He's 3-0 with an American League-best 1.66 ...

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