Beckett (illness) to miss Saturday's start

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Beckett (illness) to miss Saturday's start

Josh Beckett will miss Saturday's start in Pittsburgh as he continues to battle a stomach illness.

He is now scheduled to start Tuesday in Philadelphia against Phillies ace Cliff Lee.

Beckett missed a start on Tuesday with what Terry Francona called "intestinal turmoil." The plan was to him start Saturday against the Pirates, but Beckett is still feeling the affects of his bug.

Tim Wakefield will start in Beckett's place on Saturday. Andrew Miller is scheduled to pitch the following day.

Source: Sox seek smaller pieces, not big names, at trade deadline

Source: Sox seek smaller pieces, not big names, at trade deadline

BOSTON -- According to an N.L. talent evaluator who is familiar with some of the Red Sox ongoing talks with teams leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Sox seem focused on adding a bullpen piece and/or back-end starters.

The need for the former is rather obvious, given the current injuries to Criag Kimbrel and Koji Uehara. The Sox can use some upgrades and another experienced arm to guide them through the final two months.

As for the rotation, it's not a surprise that the Sox aren't serious bidders for more glamorous names like Chris Sale, since that would require them to gut their farm system.

But the team's starter depth is perilous, with only Clay Buchholz in reserve. It makes perfect sense that the Sox would be seeking someone else to help provide them with insurance against further injuries or under-performance.

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