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Beckett can’t get the job done

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Josh Beckett looked like an ace when he came off the disabled list, allowing five earned runs over 20.2 innings.

That all disappeared tonight as the Yankees battered him for seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.

Beckett made his name in baseball by beating the Yankees in the Bronx to clinch the World Series in 2003. He has been target practice for the Yankees lately. In his last five starts against New York, Beckett is 0-3 with a 10.41 ERA. Over 27.2 innings, he has allowed 42 hits, 10 of them home runs.

It’s hard to be the ace of the Red Sox when you can’t beat the Yankees.

Now Jon Lester needs to come up big for the Sox to salvage a split.

The good news? The Rays are in a funk and the Sox are only 4.5 games out of the wild card. But they are tied with the Twins in that regard.

Thanks to everybody for reading today. Back it tomorrow and we’ll have a live chat during the game at 2:30 p.m. So please join in.

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