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Josh Beckett struggles with encore; Dodgers fall to Pirates, 2-1
Josh Beckett struggles with encore; Dodgers fall to Pirates, 2-1

The trouble with an outstanding performance is trying to follow it. Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird” and called it a career. Steam never could follow up “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” which was a genuine American tragedy. There have been 283 no-hitters thrown in major league history and yet Johnny Vander Meer is the only one to pull it off in consecutive games. It is one tough encore. Josh Beckett is the latest to have thrown a no-hitter, and he found following the best performance of his life on the challenging side Friday in the Dodger’s 2-1 loss to the Pirates before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 47,503. Which is not to say he pitched poorly,...

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