Josh Beckett exits with back spasms

Updated: August 1, 2012, 2:50 AM ET
By Tony Lee | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers in the top of the third inning because of back spasms.

"Locked up on me," Beckett said after the Red Sox's 4-1 rain-shortened win. "I've had this before. It's been worse."

Most notably he had "this" in 2010, when he left a rainy game in Yankee Stadium after slipping on a wet mound while delivering a pitch. The subsequent lower back strain caused him to miss more than two months.

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