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Beckett likely not going to Japan due to bad back

Updated: March 12, 2008, 12:10 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox haven't broken the news to the good people of Japan yet that Josh Beckett isn't going to be starting Opening Day in Tokyo.

But it's becoming more apparent by the minute now that Beckett almost certainly won't make the trip to Tokyo for the start of the Major League Baseball season.

Manager Terry Francona told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Red Sox haven't made any decisions yet on Beckett, but he sounded like ...

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