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Will Beckett be the difference-maker?

Five things to ponder as the Red Sox starter returns to the mound

Updated: July 23, 2010, 9:26 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats and Information

Josh Beckett makes his return Friday from the disabled list more than two months since last taking the mound for the Boston Red Sox. Much happened in those 65 days, but the Red Sox enter Friday just a game and a half closer to first place.

Is Beckett's return the equivalent of acquiring an ace at the deadline? Can a healthy rotation keep the team in the race until the bats come back? Here are five things to ponder as Beckett tries to right the ship.

1. The losing-streak stopper What ...

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