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Burnett: Beckett will bounce back

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 8, 2011 06:40 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett have a lot in common.

They were Marlins teammates for five years, shifted to the AL East in 2006 — Beckett by trade and Burnett via agency — and went on to success. Beckett helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2007 and Burnett did the same for the Yankees in 2009.

They also shared similar troubles last season Burnett was awful (10-15, 5.26) and Beckett was a little worse (6-6, 5.78).

So Burnett seemed like a good person to get some insight about Beckett.

“Josh and I aren’t close friends, but we’re friendly,” Burnett said on Friday. “Our careers have followed the same path in a lot of ways and when we get together, there’s a lot to talk about. We understand each other.”

Check out the Globe tomorrow for more from Burnett and why he thinks Beckett will bounce back.

As for today, there was a lot to like about Beckett's outing against Houston. He had excellent command of his curveball and showed a fastball that got better as the game went on. He seems to be over the mild concussion that cost him one start.

In Jupiter, Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 4 with a stolen base, a double and one RBI. Ryan Lavarnway had a big day, too. He was 2 for 2 with a two-run shot that gave the Red Sox the lead in the eighth inning.

Bill Belichick was at the game but hung out with his pal Tony La Russa, the Cardinals manager.

Barring news, that's it for today. Thanks to everybody for reading. The Sox have a night game tomorrow, so expect the lineups and other news later in the day.

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