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Buchholz's strong outing inspires Beckett

Buchholz's strong outing inspires Beckett

TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz not only saved the Red Sox's taxed bullpen on Tuesday by allowing just one run on seven hits over eight innings in a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays, but he provided a lift in other ways.

"A start like last night makes you feel a lot better about things," manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

For instance, a good side session on Wednesday by Josh Beckett, who is 1-0 with 7.22 ERA, offered hope.

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"Josh went out and had a good side [session] today," Francona said. "That's why in the midst of all the panic in Boston, we know that he'll figure it out.

"He'll get some help with [pitching coach] John Farrell. He's too good not to. He's been through this before. He'll be OK. You look at names like [John] Lackey and [Jon] Lester, as long as they're healthy, we need to keep running them out there. They'll figure it out."

Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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