BOSTON Josh Beckett, who left the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning Tuesday night because of a back spasm, was not in the Red Sox clubhouse while it was opened to the media Wednesday afternoon.Manager Bobby Valentine, who also had not seen the right-hander several hours before game time, was unsure what Becketts status would be for his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Twins at Fenway Park.I havent see Josh, but two of my coaches saw him, manager Bobby Valentine said. General manager Ben Cherington saw him. I was in the training room before he got in there, but he said hes a little stiff. Not surprisingly. He had spasms and hes a big guy. So we dont know how to read that other than it doesnt seem when Ben talked to him he said it doesnt seem like he was going to be a 15-day disabled list stint or anything. But well just play it by ear. Valentine was unsure if Beckett would need to miss a start.I dont know about that either, but the surety of that, I havent talked with Josh, Valentine said. Itll all be predicated on that bullpen session, which isnt until at least tomorrow, maybe the next day, where hell test it and that will predicate whether or not hell be able to make the start.Beckett walked off the mound Tuesday night to a chorus of boos.Fans pay their money to be part of our experience and if someones displeased with my walking out on the field or someone walking off of the field, theyre paying the right to be displeased and to express whatever they want to express, Valentine said. I think when a guy gets hurt and he comes off the field, Im not sure that thats the time to boo someone, personally. To each their own.
Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers
BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:
"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.
"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.
"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.
* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.
* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.
* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.
* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.
* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.
* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.
* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.
1) Justin Verlander
Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.
2) Jose Iglesias
The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.
3) Drew Pomeranz
The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.
Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald explains why he is more optimistic than most about the Red Sox pitching.