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Josh Beckett to pitch against Rays

Updated: September 15, 2011, 12:37 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that pitcher Josh Beckett (ankle) will start either Thursday or Friday of this week against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Beckett tossed a side session on the team's off day Monday at Fenway Park and did well enough to think that he'll be able to return later this week. He played long toss again on Tuesday and is set to meet with team doctors before a final decision is made.

"He feels really good," Francona said. "In fact he said he ...

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