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Nice to hear from Beckett

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Nice to hear from Beckett

It was nice to hear Josh Beckett give his side of the story this morning.

Of course, he didn't say anything to make Boston feel better about what's happened these last two years, but I think that's the point: Beckett doesn't think he's done anything wrong.

He doesn't apologize because in his mind, there's nothing to apologize for.

And that is what it is. That's Josh Beckett. But even though he didn't win any fans with his appearance on the Hill-Man Morning Show, like I said, it was important to hear him speak provide some perspective and face a few important questions.

Personally, in a weird way, I just enjoyed hearing that he's still the same cocky jerk he's always been.

Even though there are rumors that his competitiveness has disappeared since getting married and having a kid (and there are hints of that sprinkled throughout the interview), I thought Beckett sounded as confident as ever.

"Oh yeah. I think I could have went today, " he said, "Jonny Lesters day. He pitched so well last time that it was kind of up to him when he wanted to pitch. He was going to go today on his normal day and Ill go tomorrow.

I don't know. Maybe it's not much. But there's something about the way he carried himself this morning that made me think that there's still a little edge and excitement left inside Josh Beckett, and that he just might be able to make something of these last six weeks.

We'll find out tomorrow.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pomeranz, Price, Pedroia make health progress

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Pomeranz, Price, Pedroia make health progress

CLEVELAND — There was positive news for a trio of injured Red Sox players on Monday, including Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Drew Pomeranz. 

The lefty threw a side session at Progressive Field before the Red Sox began a four-game series with the Indians and came out of it feeling well. He’s on track to make his next start after his last one was cut short because of lower back spasms.

Back in Boston, meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia and David Price both took steps forward. Price threw from flat ground out to about 60 feet, manager John Farrell said, while Pedroia did agility drills.

“He went through some functional work, some change of direction, some lateral work,” Farrell said of Pedroia. “He did run on the altered-G treadmill which reduces some of the normal body weight. So it was a productive day for him.”

Mitch Moreland was initially in Monday’s lineup but was scratched for Brock Holt. Moreland went through concussion testing and passed after an awkward play at first base in the eighth inning yesterday, when Brock Holt made an excellent diving play in the hole. Holt threw on to Moreland at first base and Moreland stretched awkwardly into the base line of an oncoming Brett Gardner. 

“He was a little bit out of position there on the collision with Gardner,” Farrell said. “He took a forearm to the back, to the neck, the back of the head. He went through the whole concussion protocol. He passed that. He’s sore. Was able to get on a treadmill and run for 10-12 minutes. He passed all those tests but felt like with the recommendations from our medical staff we would give him a day to get over it. 

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MLB umpires end protest, will meet with Manfred

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MLB umpires end protest, will meet with Manfred

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called "abusive player behavior" after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.

Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday's games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and "just needs to go away."

The World Umpires Association announced Sunday in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns.

"To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wrist bands pending the requested meeting," the organization posted on Twitter.

Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez last Monday in Texas after being called out on strikes. The next day, Kinsler sharply criticized Hernandez, saying the umpire was "messing" with games "blatantly."

"No, I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is. ... I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line," Kinsler said.

Kinsler was fined, but the umpires' union felt he should have been suspended.

"The Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers. It's `open season' on umpires, and that's bad for the game," the WUA said in a release on Saturday.