Bobby Valentine Lauds Josh Beckett's Latest Start

The Red Sox were swept by the Texas Rangers this week, and Josh Beckett started the final game of the series, throwing seven innings.

And although his efforts weren't enough for the Red Sox to overcome the powerful lineup of the Texas Rangers, manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with Beckett's outing, saying he 'pitched plenty good to win the game.'

It has been a frustrating home stand for the Red Sox, who have now lost four straight games and dropped to 4-8, last in the American League East.

Pitching has been the primary cause of concern, as the Red Sox have surrendered 74 runs already this season, by far the highest total in the MLB.

The team will look to turn over a new leaf on Friday against the New York Yankees, who they will host for a weekend series in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park.

For more Boston Red Sox coverage, visit our team page and blog, Over the Monster.

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