Beckett cleared to start Sunday

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Beckett cleared to start Sunday

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Josh Beckett who has battled a hyper-extended knee for the past week, was cleared to make his scheduled start Sunday night in the series finale.

Instead of throwing a side session Friday afternoon, Beckett was set to throw on flat ground.

"It was too soon (before the start to have a regular side),'' explained Beckett.

Beckett, who pulled himself out of the All-Star Game Tuesday in Phoenix after beginning his warm-up session in the bullpen, said Friday that much of the problem was that he was unaccustomed to coming into the middle of the game.

"There wasn't a lot of time (to get ready),'' he said. "With the starter going one inning and everything like that. I couldn't get loose and I wasn't comfortable going out there with my leg not being loose, especially coming out of a start prior to that with that injury.''

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Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.

President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.

Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.

POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.

President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.

According to The Week:

“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."

The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?