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Beckett throws pain-free but will skip Red Sox's trip to Japan

Updated: March 16, 2008, 9:27 PM ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett will stay behind when the Red Sox fly 7,500 miles to Tokyo on Wednesday, even though he threw a ball 75 feet without back pain on Sunday.

Boston manager Terry Francona made official what had been obvious for several days: His ace right-hander won't travel to Japan, where he probably would have started the Red Sox's regular season opener against the Oakland Athletics.

"He's not going to go with us to Japan," Francona said Sunday. "Talked to him ...

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