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Red Sox delay Beckett's return because of elbow inflammation

Updated: August 24, 2008, 4:27 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett won't be facing the New York Yankees on Tuesday after skipping a bullpen session Saturday because of continued numbness and tingling in his pitching arm.

Manager Terry Francona said Beckett has inflammation in his elbow and likely won't start again until next Friday, when the Red Sox return home to open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, out since Aug. 7 with tightness behind his right shoulder, ...

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