Beck in the Saddle Again

The Boston Red Sox opened the 2009 season against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Here starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after getting out of a second and third, nobody out jam in the tiop of the sixth inning without allowing a run.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

The Really Good Josh Beckett Returns
It's a Home Sweet Home Opener for Sox

Workmanlike Sox Get the Job Done | Box: Red Sox 5, Rays 3
Shaughnessy: Day Late, a Perfect Way to Start
Bottom Line on Beckett: 2 Hits, 10 K's, in 7 Strong
Middle of the Order Looks Mighty Meaty, Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Pedroia's On His Way to Another MVP Award, Sincerely Evan Grant
But Can He Hit That Hight and Inside Fastball?
This Just In: Ellsbury's 18-game Hitting Streak Ends
Okajima and Kennedy Struggle a Bit on the Mound
Somebody Give 'Tek a Raise! Sincerely, Scott Boras

"I think in these next few years, you'll see it all come together for him. He's got everything you want in a power pitcher. He's fun to watch. If I had to teach somebody the power mechanic throw, next to Roger Clemens, he's right there as far as a guy who gets in position to deliver what I'd call a perfect pitch." -- John Smoltz on Josh Beckett

Men of the People

"That was different. We got a little jammed up back there, surrounded by fans, and I felt a little like a gorilla at the zoo. But it was kind of neat. Everybody was excited to start the season." -- J.D. Drew on the gathering in the stands

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Boston Herald:

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NY Post:

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