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Beckett throws four shutout innings in minor league game

Updated: March 28, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Boston manager Terry Francona, in California for three exhibition games against the Dodgers, got good news from ace Josh Beckett on the East Coast.

Beckett, who missed the team's just-concluded trip to Japan because of back spasms, pitched four shutout innings in a minor league game in Florida on Thursday. He threw 47 pitches, allowed one hit, didn't walk a batter and struck out six.

Francona said he spoke with Beckett afterward and was told he felt fine.

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