Not perfect, but Beckett comes close

Sox ace shines with 'classic' outing that wins approval from new pitching coach

Updated: June 16, 2011, 2:54 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Maybe it was because he had witnessed perfection, which by definition is in a different universe than near-perfection.

Maybe it's because it is not in his nature to raise his voice, even to be heard over a hurricane. But this was the reaction of Boston Red Sox pitching coach Curt Young on Wednesday night after Josh Beckett had allowed just one base-runner in a one-hit, complete-game, 3-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays.

"Gotta like that one, huh?'' Young said, ...

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