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Beckett placed on 15-day DL

Updated: May 20, 2010, 3:58 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Whatever suspicions Yankees manager Joe Girardi harbored that Josh Beckett wasn't really hurt when he elected to play Tuesday night's game under protest looked even sillier Wednesday afternoon, when the Red Sox placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with what Sox manager Terry Francona called a lower-back strain.

The Red Sox called up veteran reliever Joe Nelson from Pawtucket to take Beckett's roster spot. Tim Wakefield will start in Beckett's place on Sunday ...

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