Boston's Beckett leaves game

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett departed Friday's contest against Baltimore after five innings due to a mildly hyperextended left knee.

Beckett, who allowed seven hits and three runs, was in line for the victory as Boston led 8-3 going to the sixth inning. The right-hander, who threw 50 of his 68 pitches for strikes, was replaced by Matt Albers.

During the top of the fifth, Beckett slipped off the mound after delivering a pitch in the wet conditions at Fenway Park. The grounds crew spread a substance to dry the mound area, but Beckett stayed in the game and finished the inning by striking out Vladimir Guerrero, but not before allowing three runs in the frame.


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