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Report: Beckett arrested for tackling country singer


Report: Beckett arrested for tackling country singer

Former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was arrested early Saturday after he leaped at and tackled a singer in a band at a country music open mic night in Texas , TMZ reported.

Beckett, 37, was arrested for public intoxication and a police officer said he was "a danger to himself and others," according to the TMZ story.

Here's a photo of what Beckett admitted in the police report was "stage diving." 

Beckett’s lawyer called it was horseplay and the former pitcher, who retired in 2014 after 14 years in the majors with the Marlins, Red Sox and Dodgers has since apologized.

The singer told police he suffered serious injuries to his arm and neck, a torn rotator cuff and a dislocated shoulder.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

It's not the first time Beckett, a native Texan, has had a famous - or infamous - incident with country music artists:

-- His ex-girlfriend, country singer Danielle Peck, was brought in by the Cleveland Indians to sing the national anthem before Beckett's start in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS. The move backfired when Beckett shut down the Indians for eight innings and struck out 11 in a 7-1 victory that staved off elimination for the Red Sox, who would go on to win the pennant and World Series.  

--Beckett, and the rest of the Red Sox rotation at the time, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield, appeared in Kevin Fowler's music video for the song, "I Like Beer" in the summer of 2011. Beckett was considered one of the ringleaders of the "chicken-and-beer" crew that was blamed for the Sox' September collapse that season. 



Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.