Beckett: Weaver deserves to start

July, 12, 2011
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PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett had no quarrel with Angels right-hander Jered Weaver being selected to start for the American League in the 82d All-Star Game, adding that he didn’t believe his hyperextended left knee was a factor in AL manager Ron Washington’s decision.

“I think Weaver’s got the credentials to start,’’ Beckett said of a pitcher who is 11-4 and whose 1.86 ERA in 19 starts is the lowest in the majors. “He should start.’’

Beckett was uncertain whether he would pitch Tuesday night, saying that he would inform Washington he is available and that the knee is a nonfactor.

“If he needs me, I think I can pitch,’’ Beckett said. “I don’t think it’s what everybody back in Boston wants, but if he needs me I can definitely pitch.’’

Does he want to pitch?

“Yeah,’’ he said. “I mean, it’s fun. The whole time is fun as well. You can enjoy your off-the-field stuff more if you know you’re not pitching, but I’m going into it thinking I’ll probably get an inning or two.

“I’m not worried about [the knee]. I went through my long toss and everything Sunday. I don’t think it’s an issue.’’

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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