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Josh Beckett chased early against Indians

May 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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It was tee time for the Indians against Josh Beckett earlier this evening.

Beckett, who recently missed a start with lat soreness after tying a career-high by throwing 126 pitches on April 29, was blasted for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including homers from Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis, while striking out two and walking two. The Indians plated three runs in the second and four in the third before he got the hook.

This was Beckett’s shortest outing since he gave up eight runs over 2 1/3 innings on August 17, 2008 against the Blue Jays. He previously gave up seven runs in his first start of the season against the Tigers on April 7.

Beckett now has a 5.97 ERA over his first six starts this season. Red Sox starters have a miserable 6.01 ERA as a whole, including a 7.24 ERA at Fenway Park. Pretty hard to win that way.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Good thing he got chased early he has a 7:00AM tee time.

    • nolasoxfan2012 - May 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      The golf jokes are getting old. Too obvious.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:49 AM

        There’s no beer allowed in the clubhouse anymore. I can’t blame Beckett, the golf course is now the easiest place to get a few pints.

      • urfinished - May 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        I dont know…that was fairly original. Judging by the people who liked his and didnt like yours, I think the court of public opinion thinks he’s funny and youre whiney.

    • bigleagues - May 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      MOAR Golf puns and one-liners, please! There simply can’t be enough of them!

      Disclaimer: I’m a Red Sox fan who LOATHES Josh Beckett.

      • drewzducks - May 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Next time he hits a wayward tee shot someone should yell “5.97”. Ba dum dum.

      • bigleagues - May 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Honestly, I’m amazed Beckett makes it off the gold course alive. What with how much he resembles a gopher.

        Where’s Carl Spackler when you need him?!

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - May 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Bobby V got cheered when he went to the mound to take him out, followed by Josh being serenaded with boos. Guess the Nation still isn’t too happy bout the 18 he played.

  3. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    2.1 innings of batting practice. Certified cancer.

  4. jimbo1949 - May 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Tribe really teed off on him.

  5. Gordon - May 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    He’ll feel better after he has some fried chicken & beer.

    • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      That’s what I call cutting-edge comedy. What’s next? A vaudeville routine?

      The Red Sox should change from Sweet Caroline to the Benny Hill theme.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:17 AM

        Weak just like everything else you post, i hope you die

      • aceshigh11 - May 11, 2012 at 7:18 AM

        Wow, what a tough girl you are, Dirty Mary.

        Clearly you’re overcompensating. Typical self-loathing closet-case.

      • drewzducks - May 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        And when Bobby V comes out to take the ball from the pitcher he can pat him on the head, with the sound effects preferably.

  6. onlyincleveland0316 - May 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Ha Ha! TRIBE WINS!!! Let’s go Tribe!

  7. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Red sox are enduring the third worst start to a season, with a 12-19 record since 1962. 96 they were 11-20 and in 66 started 10-21.

  8. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Beckett’s gotta be the biggest jerk in MLB. I wish the Sox could just cut him loose.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      and you are the biggest jerk on this site, so you have a lot in common, go figure

      • aceshigh11 - May 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

        You are one sad, pathetic, hateful little individual. You need psychiatric help.

  9. sabatimus - May 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM


  10. tekton8 - May 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    have to trade this bum… 50 cents on the dollar… get him gone

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      Beckett for Dontrelle Willis straight up. That might give the Sox a shot at beating the O’s this year.

  11. number42is1 - May 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    its 2012…. of COURSE hes going to suck. he’ll be just fine in 2013

  12. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    “I’ll spend my off days the way I want to spend them” JB after tonight’s game.

  13. xpensivewinos - May 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    He really is garbage. He looks like a miserable jerk…………which makes him the perfect poster boy for this team.

    It’s classic that the Red Sox figured the way to fix what was broken was to blame it all on the previous manager.

    I’m going out on a limb and saying that wasn’t really the problem……………..although, based on the first month of the season, this entire team (with the exception of Ortiz) may actually be gooned on painkillers.

    • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      I’m a big fan of Francona as a person, but he was clearly too close to his players, and in the end, he let them walk all over him.

      That’s a managerial failure. Of course, one could also say that these are grown men who don’t need to be watched like schoolboys.

      I continue to feel bad for Valentine. The guy’s been set up to fail from day one. He’s GOTTA be regretting accepting this job…he wanted to manage again in the majors so badly, and this debacle may well guarantee that his entire career is viewed as one big nothing.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:55 AM

        Francona was still better.

        Joe Buck during a FOX interview: “I think your big DH is making fun of you behind you.”
        Tito, without missing a beat: ” I’ll knock him on his ass.”

  14. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    What is beckett’s contract status? I’m assuming this is his last year?

    • teaspoon1731 - May 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      He’d be lights out if this was a contract year. He’s signed through 2014

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      4 year contract ending after 2014

  15. randygnyc - May 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Thx spoon. That’s ugly. For some reason I thought this was his last year. He’s untradeable as of now. Thought they could deal him at the deadline if he improves at all. Setting aside replacement talent, they have three high value arms in Beckett, lackey and Dice they’re getting nothing from.

    • sdbunting - May 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      I assume you meant “high price,” randyg. Ain’t seeing any value in Lackey.

      • teaspoon1731 - May 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

        Dice is on his way back though. And believe me when I say, I’m hearing Lackey needed Tommy John surgery was one of the happiest moments of this Sox’s fans life. Don’t even care about the money, just happy not to have to suffer through his tantrums as he gets rocked.

  16. drewzducks - May 11, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Maybe they can talk him into shagging flyballs before their next game.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 11, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      I see what you did there.

  17. md23rewlz - May 11, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    I’m a Yankee fan, and Beckett is probably either my most despised, or second most despised player on that team, but anything that causes the media to go into full self-righteous mode just annoys me. Let’s all just keep it at beer/fried chicken/video games/golfing humor, and not try to make it into something more. Self-righteous rants about the sanctity of baseball suck. Beckett is having a horrible year. Beckett deserves to get wrenches thrown at him (metaphorically). Please continue to boo him, Red Sox fans. It is humorous. But please, no self-righteous rants. Looking at you, Gordon-Edes-article-I-just-read-on-ESPN.

  18. 13yrsmlbvet - May 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Beckett hasn’t had downhill angle or leverage with his pitches in a few years. The ball has been coming out of his armpit with no finish. All signs, with loss of consistent velocity, point to a shoulder problem. He’s protecting that shoulder with compromised mechanics. He stopped throwing bullpens between starts last August. Why? Because his shoulder felt like crap. He is not healthy, refuses to give in and is mentally worn out from worrying about it. So he’s frustrated and turns into kind of an asshole about things.

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