NEW YORK -- It was far from his worst start of the season, but, as Josh Beckett himself is fond of saying, it didn't yield the desired result.
As a matter of fact, it resulted in a pretty predictable result: a Red Sox loss. Beckett allowed all four runs in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees Sunday, dropping the team's records in games he's started this season to 7-14.
"It's a work in progress, I guess," shrugged Beckett. "Still (lousy) results. I've got to keep working. The good thing I have right now is health and we'll move forward with that. Some things were better today, but it's still the same (lousy) results."
Beckett was roughed by Derek Jeter (three hits including two doubles, two runs scored) and Ichiro Suzuki (two solo homers).
"I made some bad pitches to two guys," said Beckett, 5-11, who has won only once since May 20. "I made some good pitches when I needed to, then didn't make good pitches at other times. The Ichiro home runs were on fastballs. Both of them I left up. I think sometimes, a lot of his hits off me have been pitches where they're balls and he turns them into hits because he has such great plate coverage.
"That wasn't the case today."
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.