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Report: Beckett arrested for tackling country singer

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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. 

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Here's how the Red Sox starting rotation may look for season-opening series in Seattle

Here's how the Red Sox starting rotation may look for season-opening series in Seattle

The Red Sox pitching rotation for their season-opening series in Seattle appears close to set.

Rick Porcello will pitch vs. the Cubs in Arizona on Monday, and Price will take the mound for the spring finale on Tuesday if he can shake off his illness. Chris Sale already was named the Opening Day starter, which means the projected rotation for the four-game set is Sale on Thursday, Nathan Eovaldi on Friday, Porcello on Saturday, and Price on Sunday. Of course, nothing is official.

March 28 vs. the Mariners marks the first game of the Red Sox's 11-game West Coast road trip. Following their four-game set in Seattle, they'll head to Oakland for another four against the Athletics, then to Arizona for three vs. the Diamondbacks.

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-4 spring win over the Orioles

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-4 spring win over the Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4

IN BRIEF: An eighth-inning rally propelled the Red Sox over the Orioles in their Wednesday night exhibition game.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Cedric Mullins solo home run (1-0 BAL)

3rd inning

Eduardo Nunez RBI groundout (1-1)

6th inning

Jonathan Villar two-run double (3-1 BAL)

Jackie Bradley Jr. scores on wild pitch (3-2 BAL)

7th inning

Dwight Smith solo home run (4-2 BAL)

8th inning

Jantzen Witte RBI groundout (4-3 BAL)

Mike Miller scores on wild pitch (4-4)

Jantzen Witte scores on passed ball (5-4 BOS)

Sandy Leon RBI single (6-4 BOS)

 UP NEXT:

vs Rays, Thursday, 6:05 p.m., NESN+

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