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Josh Beckett's sore thumb forces him out of Dodgers' 5-4 loss early
Josh Beckett's sore thumb forces him out of Dodgers' 5-4 loss early

His pitching line looked good. It was how the thumb felt that was the problem. Right-hander Josh Beckett returned to the mound Friday, throwing three sharp, scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out one. The one problem: He was scheduled to go four innings but had to exit because of a sore thumb that he originally injured in an accident with a clubhouse door. The right thumb grew more sore as he continued to throw in a game eventually won 5-4 by the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. “It’s just sore,” Beckett said. “It’s not getting worse, but it’s not getting better.” Beckett, who’s coming back from surgery to remove a rib...

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