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Oblique Pushes Beckett Back To Game 3

Sep 29, 2008 6:49 AM EST

A strained oblique has forced the Red Sox to push Josh Beckett back to Game 3 of the ALDS.

Jon Lester will start Game 1 of Boston's series against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, followed by Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday in Game 2.

"He has to be able to go out there and execute his pitches," Manager Terry Francona said, "but I think he's going to be OK."

Beckett is 12-10 with a 4.03 ERA this season.

"I don't think it's frustrating," Francona added. "Things happen and you deal with them and if you deal with them well enough, you handle it. If you don't, you go home."

Via ESPN