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Beckett defends golf outing

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 10, 2012 10:53 PM

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Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett understood why he was booed as he left the field after being removed from Thursday's game in the third inning.

"I pitched like [expletive]," Beckett said in his postgame interview. "That's what happens. Smart fans."

But Beckett defended himself for playing golf two days before he missed a start last week.

"I spend my off-days the way I want to spend them," Beckett said. "My off-day is my off-day."

Beckett was skipped in the rotation Saturday, after he'd thrown 126 pitches April 29 and said he'd experienced soreness in his right lat muscle, a condition he said existed before the start. The Red Sox announced he'd miss a start, but then a report emerged that he was seen playing golf in the Boston area two days before the game he was scratched from.

"We get 18 off-days a year. I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves," Beckett said.

Beckett was not placed on the disabled list. Thursday night, Beckett allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings and he gave up a pair of home runs against the Indians.

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