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Beckett looks to bounce back

Beckett looks to bounce back

Josh Beckett doesn't have much experience coming off a loss this season. But on both previous occasions, the right-hander bounced back with a win.

The Red Sox hope that will be the case again Friday night, when Beckett, who suffered a tough-luck 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays in his last start, takes the ball Friday night against the White Sox.

Beckett has been one of the best pitchers in baseball all season long. While notching 100 strikeouts, Beckett has issued just 23 walks. He is holding opponents to a .239 average.

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The Red Sox will face a pitcher they have plenty of history with in Jose Contreras. The right-hander from Cuba is 3-4 with an 8.56 ERA lifetime vs. Boston, and 2-3 with a 9.69 ERA at Fenway Park.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (12-3, 3.35 ERA)
Beckett shut down the Blue Jays for eight quiet innings on Sunday, scattering seven hits and allowing two second-inning runs. This time, the Boston lineup couldn't help him to a league-leading 13th win, despite managing 11 hits.

CWS: RHP Jose Contreras (5-11, 5.32 ERA)
Although his velocity jumped a bit in his last start to between 92-94 mph on Sunday at Camden Yards, Contreras still fell to 1-7 in his last nine starts with the 5-3 defeat. Contreras yielded five runs on 10 hits over six innings, striking out three and walking two. Since last year's All-Star break, the big right-hander has lost 20 times.

Player to watch
Center fielder Coco Crisp is 8-for-19 lifetime against Contreras with a home run and three RBIs.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• NESN

On radio
• WRKO 680, WROL (Español)

Up next
• Saturday: Red Sox (Kason Gabbard, 3-0, 3.38) vs. White Sox (John Danks, 6-6, 4.81), 3:55 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 10-9, 4.69) vs. White Sox (Jon Garland, 7-6, 3.88), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 5-8, 5.27) at Indians (Jake Westbrook, 1-5, 6.07), 7:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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