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The rough start to the Red Sox season got a little rougher Tuesday as ace starting pitcher Josh Beckett was fined and suspended six games by Major League Baseball for an incident with Bobby Abreu on Sunday.
In the first inning of his outing against the Angels, Beckett went into his windup when the home plate umpire called time out. Beckett did not stop his windup and the pitch came extremely close to hitting Abreu in the head. Abreu – a former Yankee – took offense and the benches cleared. No punches were thrown and Beckett was not tossed from the game.
Angels coach Mickey Hatcher was also suspended for one game.
My Take: Seems like a pretty harsh penalty, but I don’t think there’s much doubt what Beckett’s intentions were. With the 2-5 Sox already struggling on the mound, missing a Beckett start isn’t what they needed to rebound.