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Valentine defends Josh Beckett

Updated: May 15, 2012, 11:48 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There were more questions Friday for Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine regarding pitcher Josh Beckett, who on Thursday night refused to offer any explanation for why he chose to play golf the day after it was announced his start would be skipped because of tightness in his lat muscle.

"I don't think I am making a determination on what people do on their off days unless it affects the performance of them on the field," Valentine said. "And it seems that he was healthy when ...

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