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McAdam On Toucher & Rich: Beckett’s Back

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Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox is pulled by manager Bobby Valentine #25 from the game in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers after being evaluated by the medical staff during the game on July 31, 2012. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox is pulled by manager Bobby Valentine #25 from the game in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers after being evaluated by the medical staff during the game on July 31, 2012. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Tuesday’s trade deadline came and went and the Red Sox didn’t make any huge moves, some thought and others hoped that the club would move starter Josh Beckett.

Instead the team sent Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona for lefty reliever Craig Breslow. They also shipped Lars Anderson to Cleveland for pitcher Steven Wright in return.

Comcast SportsNet’s Sean McAdam spoke with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich about the moves made at the deadline. What does McAdam know about Breslow?

“He has been here before and somebody that I think is going to be able to help them in terms of being a left handed spot guy.”

Since Josh Beckett wasn’t traded at the deadline he made his scheduled start last night at a rain soaked Fenway Park. Beckett ended up having to leave the game in the third inning because of back spasms.

Read: Beckett Leaves With Back Spasm, Booed By Fenway Fans

The game was called in the sixth inning with the Sox holding the 4-1 lead, but the Tigers had two outs with the bases loaded. What did McAdam think about the decision to call the game when they did? Should they even had started the game at all?

“Jim Leyland made the point that if you’re going to stop the game with the trailing team having the bases loaded, as the Tigers had just finished doing, you better do with the notion that you know you’re going to be able to get back to it or else play through that inning.”

Last time that Beckett’s back bothered him it was 2010 when he slipped on a wet Yankee Stadium mound, causing him to miss over two months. But Beckett is confident this time his back ailment won’t cause him to miss much time. What will the Sox do with the starter sidelined for a time?

The guys also discussed the New York Yankees slipping going 3-7 in their last ten games. Are the injuries starting to catch up with them or is age becoming a factor at this point in the season?

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