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March 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett, throwing on a short rest, looked sharp in a four-inning effort against a team of Dodger minor leaguers Thursday. Beckett gave up three hits -- one that never left the infield and another that bounced over the mound and into center field -- and struck out three. He threw 58 pitches and did not allow a run. Beckett's regular pitching day was moved up 24 hours, Manager Don Mattingly said, to get him on a more favorable schedule heading into the season. Beckett, who has been emphasizing his off-speed pitches more this spring, threw a number of sharp breaking pitches.
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April 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
That seemed inevitable, the way the Dodgers have been going of late, the way their offense has underperformed and their bullpen struggled in the late innings. The Dodgers wasted a terrific start by Josh Beckett and fell out of first place on a wet Friday night when they fell, 5-4, to the Rockies in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have now lost four of their last five games and have fallen half a game behind the Giants in the National League West, tied with the Rockies for second.
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March 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett could miss his scheduled start on Friday because of a sprained thumb on his right hand. “I come back from thoracic outlet syndrome and this is what I'm dealing with,” Beckett said, shaking his head. Beckett said his thumb was caught in a set of doors leading into the clubhouse about 10 days ago. Beckett threw a bullpen session Tuesday, but said he still had trouble gripping the ball on off-speed pitches. He said he hopes to be ready to pitch after the Dodgers return from their opening games in Australia.
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April 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
KEY MOMENT: Jamey Wright gave up an 11th-inning double to Rockies pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes, after which Wright was replaced by left-hander J.P. Howell. Facing the left-handed-hitting Charlie Blackmon, Howell gave up a run-scoring single that broke a 2-2 stalemate. The run was the first of three in the inning for the Rockies. Adrian Gonzalez closed the gap to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett pitched what was by far his best game of the season, limiting the Rockies to two runs and four hits over eight innings.
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May 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Still uncertain of why he's lost feeling in his pitching hand, Josh Beckett has booked a Monday appointment with a nerve specialist in Dallas. Beckett, who is 0-5 with a 5.91 earned-run average, has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a strained groin. While his groin has recovered, Beckett said he hasn't regained full feeling in his pitching hand. Beckett said he has experienced various degrees of numbness the last four to five weeks. The numbness has been in his pinkie and ring fingers as well as his palm.
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August 24, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The waiver claim for Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has been awarded to the Dodgers, according to multiple reports. The move was first reported by Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England. Earlier Friday, the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on a more highly coveted Red Sox player: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez . Beckett has turned into a controversial figure in Boston and hasn't pitched well this season, posting a 5.23 earned-run average. Beckett will earn $15.75 million in 2013 and 2014.
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May 27, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Josh Beckett will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday in an attempt to find the source of numbness in his fingers. Beckett has been sidelined since May 13 with a strained groin. He is believed to have been experiencing the numbness before then. Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 earned-run average when he landed on the disabled list. While Beckett is awaiting the results of his examination Tuesday, Stephen Fife will be pitching for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Fife has been on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation since April 21. A.J. Ellis, who was hit by a pitch on his left wrist, underwent an X-ray exam that came back negative.
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June 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Josh Beckett's season is over. The Dodgers right-hander next week will undergo an operation designed to help him regain feeling in his pitching hand. The surgery is scheduled for the week of July 8 in Dallas. Dr. Greg Pearl will remove Beckett's top rib to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve that is believed to be the source of the problem. Beckett, 33, is expected to be ready for spring training next year. He is under contract for $15.75 million in 2014. The decision to have surgery came after Beckett experienced tingling in his fingers while throwing on flat ground Friday.
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February 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Most of the Dodgers' pitching focus this spring has been elsewhere. Chad Billingsley's elbow, Clayton Kershaw's hip, Hyun-Jin Ryu and the great unknown, Zack Greinke being the $147-million new guy, where Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang will ultimately fit in. And then there's Josh Beckett, former ace, sort of hanging around at the back of the rotation, presumed fifth starter. Beckett, 32, made his first appearance of the spring Tuesday in the Dodgers' 8-8 tie with the Giants at Camelback Ranch, throwing two nice innings.
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February 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
So you're Josh Beckett and where do you stand with the Dodgers? On shaky ground, apparently. Beckett is/was their presumptive fifth starter, which hardly deterred the Dodgers from showing interest in the off-season in Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka or making overtures about Bronson Arroyo. Neither pursuits showed a lot of confidence in the return of Beckett, who his coming off nerve surgery that removed a rib. Beckett is in the final year of his contract and will earn a tidy $17 million this season.
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April 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Yasiel Puig put on his Sunday best against the worst team in the major leagues. Puig had a show-stopping throw and a mighty impressive home run, the top highlights of the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Josh Beckett and four relievers combined on a three-hitter as the first-place Dodgers took an eight-game lead over Arizona in the National League West -- with 10 days still left in April. Beckett worked five innings, giving up no runs and one hit while striking out seven.
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April 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, with a man on third base and first base open. The Diamondbacks intentionally walked the left-handed Adrian Gonzalez, so right-hander Josh Collmenter could face the right-handed Yasiel Puig. "I think you have to," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "with the way Adrian's been swinging, and with what he did to them last week in Arizona. " Puig hit a three-run home run, estimated at 422 feet. AT THE PLATE: Gonzalez doubled, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
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April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 KEY MOMENT: Brandon League is guaranteed a combined $17 million over this season and next, which is probably why he is still with the Dodgers and Paco Rodriguez isn't. Because the Dodgers can't send League to the minor leagues without his consent, they optioned Rodriguez to triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday to create a roster spot for Brian Wilson. The Dodgers were immediately forced to deal with the consequences of that decision. Saving Wilson for a save situation, Manager Don Mattingly called on League to pitch the 12th inning with the game tied, 2-2. League wasn't helped by his defense, but he didn't help himself either.
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April 15, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Maybe it just had to be a taxing loss. In a game that took nearly five hours, went 12 innings and used 15 pitchers, the Giants kept wasting scoring opportunities until they finally found their way to Dodgers reliever Brandon League. Then they finally won it when light-hitting backup catcher Hector Sanchez singled in the winning run for a 3-2 victory at AT&T Park. Brandon Crawford started the rally with a one-out single. Brandon Hicks hit a bouncer off the glove of Juan Uribe -- who otherwise was having a brilliant night -- but shortstop Hanley Ramirez was able to get to the ball to at least throw out Hicks.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren remained unbeaten with the Dodgers. Haren gave up nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings but limited the damage to three runs. All three were scored in the third inning, which was capped by a solo home run by Eric Chavez. Haren departed from the game with the Dodgers leading, 7-3. "It was a war," Haren said. "It was one of those days. I kind of describe it like I was throwing under water. " Jamey Wright let the Diamondbacks back in the game in the seventh inning, when he gave up a three-run home run to Mark Trumbo that cut the Dodgers' lead to 8-6. Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke wasn't at his best as he gave up eight hits and threw 103 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. But he held the Diamondbacks to one run, which allowed him to depart the game with a 6-1 lead and earn his third victory of the season. As a result of Greinke's relatively short start, the Dodgers had to use five relievers: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Paul Maholm, Brandon League and Kenley Jansen. That Jansen was forced to pitch in a game the Dodgers once led 8-2 was entirely League's fault.
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June 5, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
There's good news. And then there's bad news. And Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett isn't really sure where his current situation lands him. Beckett will be shut down from pitching over the next four weeks, during which he will undergo “aggressive rehabilitation” and then determine whether he will pitch again this season or have season-ending surgery. “Surgery is Plan F,” Beckett said. “You always want to avoid surgery if you can. We are going to try a lot of different things in the next four weeks to try to reassess things.” The righty was in Dallas over the last three days seeing a specialist to examine the nerve irritation and numbness in his fingers over the last few weeks.
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March 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Yasiel Puig is making things a little uncomfortable for the Dodger brass. And Josh Beckett is making life a little more pleasant. On Sunday both gave what could be previews of coming attractions in a 5-1 Cactus League win over the Cleveland Indians. The Dodgers entered camp thinking Puig would benefit from some minor league seasoning this summer. But after hitting a pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh inning, the 22-year-old Cuban may be forcing himself into the conversation regarding replacements for Carl Crawford should Crawford start the season on the disabled list.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
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