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Beckett settles down, throws four innings for Sox

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Beckett settles down, throws four innings for Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. Josh Beckett made his third start of the spring Monday afternoon against the Marlins. He went four innings, giving up one run on a hit, two walks, and two hit batters, with two strikeouts. He threw 52 pitches, 33 for strikes.

Beckett faced seven batters in the first inning, when he gave up the run, walking one, hitting two, and striking out one before settling down.

Beckett was not involved in the decision, as the Sox beat the Marlins on Pedro Ciriacos two-run home run in the 10th inning.

Beckett was satisfied with the results.

Its how my body feels especially for me now pitching every three days instead of every four days it can take its toll, he said. Today was the first time when I got done in the bullpen I felt like loose and ready to go.

I tried to throw breaking balls early in the count. In my last few starts Ive been focused on changeups, which I still want to do that as well. Just feel like throwing the strike breaking ball and not just the finish one.

Manager Bobby Valentine was satisfied with Beckett's overall performance.

Josh threw pretty good, Valentine said. He started off really poorly. Couldnt throw the ball to his glove side of the plate. Hit Omar Infante with a fastball. Hit Aaron Rowand with a curveball and came out the second, third, and fourth innings and made great adjustments. Was able to get the ball where he wanted to. And the last two pitches he threw he even let the tank out a little. Threw with some velocity and location. It was good.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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