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Surely You Josh

And don’t call me Shirley.

Josh Beckett made his bones against the New York Yankees in the 2003 World Series as the youthful pitching phenom of the Florida Marlins. He was the MVP of that championship team, pitching two games on three days rest, the second of which was a complete game shutout.

So far in 2010 Beckett has had four starts against the Yankees:

  • April 4: 4⅔ innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 home runs
  • May 7: 5⅓ innings pitched, 9 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts, 1 home run
  • May 18: 4⅔ innings pitched, 5 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 home run
  • August 8: 4⅔ innings pitched, 11 hits, 7 earned runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 home run
At least he cut down on his bases on balls in his most recent start.

Between Joe Morgan’s incessant, inane babbling and the cannonade of runs in the fifth inning this game was particularly insufferable.

Was the game as intolerable as a sidelined Dustin Pedroia? No, probably not that bad.

In the bottom of the fourth Jon Miller asked Terry Francona what the latest on Pedroia was. “He’s a pain in the ass,” jested Francona. “I don’t know. We have to get him out of the dugout.” A few minutes later John Farrell had the second baseman in a headlock with a hand over Pedroia’s ever-nattering mouth.

Farrell should have been administering such discipline to his own charge.

Game 112: August 8, 2010
Red Sox
2L: Josh Beckett (3-2)
2B: Adrian Beltre (34)
HR: Bill Hall (13)
7W: Dustin Moseley (2-1)
H: Boone Logan (8)
2B: Lance Berkman – 2 (18), Derek Jeter (23)
HR: Mark Teixeira (25)

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