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Beckett, Bard follow the script

Starter and reliever give Red Sox a huge boost in crucial victory over Rays

Updated: September 17, 2011, 1:33 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox needed pitcher Josh Beckett to do one thing and one thing only Friday night.

"We need him to be Beckett. We don't need him to be Beckett in name only," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Despite what's been happening, we want him to pitch effectively."

Beckett did.

Since he had been removed from his previous start Sept. 5 because of a right ankle sprain and hadn't pitched until Friday night, there were some concerns about whether he would ...

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