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Beckett throws on side, will start Friday vs. White Sox

Updated: August 27, 2008, 1:13 PM ET
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Josh Beckett's side throwing session at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday convinced Red Sox manager Terry Francona that his ace is ready to return to the rotation.

Beckett was held out of his scheduled start against the Yankees, and an earlier scheduled start against the Blue Jays, after experiencing tingling in the fingers of his right throwing arm during his last start. In that outing, on Aug. 17 against Toronto, Beckett gave up eight earned runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.

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