Josh Beckett Says He Wasn’t ‘Trying to Make a Statement’ with Dominating Performance (Video)


Josh Beckett was out in vintage form on Tuesday, shredding the opposition through seven innings for his third win of the season.

Beckett threw 93 pitches and allowed only four hits while striking out nine Mariners. The solid start came after a rough, 2 1/3 innings loss to the Indians last week as Beckett endured the recent controversy surrounding his golf outing.

Beckett was also dealing with big expectations after Red Sox pitchers posted four straight quality starts, and some people questioned Beckett's velocity.

"I don't think I was trying to make a statement," Beckett said of his high velocity during the early innings on Tuesday as he rolled through the Mariners' lineup.

Beckett talked about Tuesday's win after the game, giving details about how he approached hitters and chose his pitches to record the dominating performance.

Also see what Tom Caron and Peter Gammons had to say about Beckett on W.B. Mason Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE.

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