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Beckett and Papelbon are in the books

03.04.10 at 7:59 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Both Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon made their first appearances of the exhibition season. Beckett turned in a pair of innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out one. He threw 27 pitches, 19 of them for strikes. He relied chiefly on four-seam fastballs, including one to produce a 6-4-3 double play (the first twin killing produced by Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia) at the end of the first, and he froze Jacque Jones with a fastball on the inside corner for a called third strike in the second inning.

Papelbon then entered the game for the third inning, during which he retired the Twins in order (no strikeouts in that mix). He threw 13 pitches, 10 for strikes.

Beckett said that he was pleased with his outing, noting specifically that he did a good job of driving the ball into the bottom half of the strike zone to produce groundballs.

“I feel like I kept the ball down well. There were five groundballs [and] two hits – one a line drive, the other a groundball,” said Beckett. “Things we’ve been working on the last two weeks, I’m getting there.”

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