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Josh Beckett scratched with stomach illness

Jun 21, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

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The Red Sox scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres with what manager Terry Francona called “intestinal turmoil.”

Alfredo Aceves will start in his place tonight.

“He actually looks just OK,” Francona said. “l’m glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn’t look that good. What we’re hoping for, tentatively, is he’ll pitch Saturday. Because of some of the versatility of guys like Aceves, adding [Andrew] Miller and [Tim Wakefield], we can get around it, especially with an off day.”

That off day comes Thursday.  The Red Sox now intend to start Jon Lester, Beckett and Tim Wakefield in the weekend series against the Pirates.  Andrew Miller will be on seven days’ rest when he faces the Phillies on Tuesday.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jun 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Too much PF Changs will give you “intestinal turmoil.”

  2. purdueman - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Stomach virus my butt! It’s called, moving him back in the rotation so that he can face both the Phillies and Pirates in National League parks! Nice try though, Franconoa; nice try!

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