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Time to get behind Josh Beckett?

Tough, arrogant Red Sox starter may need boo birds to change their song

Updated: August 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- A more sympathetic audience might have felt a little compassion for Josh Beckett after he called a Boston radio station Tuesday and said that he injured his back last week in part because of all the "anxiety" he felt over reports he might be traded.

But buffeted by disappointment all season, Red Sox fans are a cranky lot these days, as Beckett learned first-hand a week ago when he was booed off the mound even though his departure was caused by injury, what the team called a ...

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