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Josh Beckett says back wasn’t an issue in season’s final months

09.30.10 at 12:02 am ET
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CHICAGO — Speaking after the Red Sox‘ 5-2 loss to the White Sox, Josh Beckett said that the back injury he had been sidelined with for almost two months wasn’t a factor since he returned to the team’s rotation on July 23. The pitcher finished off his 2010 season with a six-inning outing, in which he allowed four runs on 11 hits, giving up three runs in the seventh inning.

“The back has been pretty good,” said Beckett, whose ends ’10 at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

“A lot of things are based on results. People say results don’t really matter, but results matter. When it’s all said and done, that’s what you have.”

Since returning from the disabled list, Beckett went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In the season’s final month, he made five starts, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA while pitching at least six innings in each of the outings. Asked if he was hoping to build off of the final few appearances, and was looking forward to next season, the righty said, “I haven’t really thought about it. If I let things snowball like that, this year could have been longer and tougher than it was.

“I’m not going to worry about it. It is what it is. I know who I am. Move on.”

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