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Beckett: No blister

Posted by Chris Snow, Globe Staff  May 16, 2006 05:57 PM

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Josh Beckett said today that he does not have a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The finger appeared to be an issue after last night's game when Beckett went to the dugout after the seventh inning looking at the finger with pitching coach Al Nipper and trainer Mike Reinold standing around him. Terry Francona, after the game, was twice asked about the finger and did not directly answer the questions, instead saying the only concern was whether Beckett's back was OK after he'd slipped in the sixth inning.

Beckett, however, was not asked about the finger after the game. This was for two reasons: a) Francona's response to the questions and b) the fact that no one in the press box had seen the dugout exchange. It wasn't until about midnight or so, well after clubhouse availability had ended, that a photo was posted online of Beckett, Nipper, and Reinold looking at the finger.

"Tell them you looked at my hand," Beckett said, standing alone in a hallway a little while ago at Camden Yards. "There's no blister. I look at it all the time. Every inning I'll be in there messing with it, just to see what the callous is doing."

Tonight's Lineups:

Red Sox
1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Jason Varitek, C
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Trot Nixon, RF
8. Wily Mo Pena, CF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
--Curt Schilling, P

Orioles
1. Brandon Fahey, 2B
2. Melvin Mora, 3B
3. Miguel Tejada, SS
4. Jay Gibbons, RF
5. Ramon Hernandez, C
6. Jeff Conine, 1B
7. Corey Patterson, CF
8. Javy Lopez, DH
9. Nick Markakis, LF
--Bruce Chen, P

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