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Beckett better be his nasty self

It's up to Red Sox ace to carry this team to the playoffs

Updated: September 16, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There's no doubting the extreme competitive nature of Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett.

His teammates, both past and present, have described his competitive fire in ways that aren't suitable for public consumption. Beckett has lived up to those colorful descriptions and it's about time he adds to that resume when he toes the rubber against the surging Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox need him to be almost unhittable. If he's not, ...

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