Beckett confident he'll make Sunday start

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Beckett confident he'll make Sunday start

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite being scratched at the last minute from his All-Star Game appearance, all indications are that Josh Beckett will make his next scheduled start, Sunday night.

Beckett, who suffered a hyperextended knee in his final start before the break, felt some inflammation in the knee while warming up prior to the second inning in Phoenix Tuesday night.

Beckett stressed at the time that he did so mainly as a precaution. The Sox plan to have Beckett throw a light side session Friday, and unless there's a setback then, will have him start Sunday.

"He's pretty confident he'll pitch Sunday," said Terry Francona. "If, for some reason he can't, we'll back him up a couple of days. I have a feeling that's going to be the worst-case scenario, which is good . . . I don't think it's going to be much of an issue."

If for some reason Beckett can't pitch the series finale here, the Sox would move up Kyle Weiland. If Beckett starts as scheduled, Tim Wakefield would pitch Monday in Baltimore and Weiland Tuesday.

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Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.