Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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BOSTON -- Josh Beckett's first outing back in the Boston Red Sox's rotation was a double bogey. Embroiled in controversy over playing golf last week after being given a start off due to a back ailment, Beckett lasted just 2 1/3 innings Thursday in Boston's 8-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He gave up seven runs on seven hits and two walks. The Fenway Park fans booed him off the field. "I pitched like (expletive)," Beckett said. "That's what happens. Smart fans." Before the series opener against the Indians, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine downplayed Beckett's golf outing on May 3. Beckett had been scheduled to start May 5 against the Baltimore Orioles, but Valentine announced May 2 Beckett would be skipped because of a sore right lat muscle. "I've never see a pitcher get hurt playing golf," Valentine said pregame. "Again, I didn't think he was injured when he was skipped." Whether or not Beckett was injured when he played golf, the wisdom of his decision to play on the ...
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