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BoSox ace Beckett pitches in minor league game, expected to land on DL

Updated: March 24, 2008, 12:46 PM ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett threw two scoreless innings in a minor league game Sunday, an important step in his return from back spasms.

The Boston Red Sox ace, who went 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA last season, allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three for Triple-A Pawtucket against Double-A Portland. He threw 35 pitches and faced seven batters.

Prior to Tuesday's season opener against Oakland in Tokyo, the Red Sox are expected to place Beckett on the 15-day disabled list ...

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