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Josh Beckett's Next Start Pushed Back To Saturday, Tentatively

According to reports from ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald, Josh Beckett, who missed his scheduled start last night with a case of the flu that has been sweeping the Red Sox' clubhouse, is now doubtful to make his next start on Saturday. 

The flu has been going around the team, starting with Kevin Youkilis late last week and spreading to Beckett, and now Marco Scutaro, who was a late scratch with the bug for Wednesday night's rubber match with the San Diego Padres

Alfredo Aceves struggled in a spot start in Beckett's stead on Tuesday, walking six and allowing four runs in five innings. Andrew Miller, who started his first game for Boston on Monday against San Diego, has had his off-day schedule altered in case he needs to start for Beckett on Saturday. 

The team also has Monday off following the series before heading to the NL-best Philadelphia Phillies for three, then to Houston for three before returning home to host the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles to round out the first half of the season. 

The Red Sox, who have a day off Thursday before starting a three-game weekend series at Pittsburgh, have enough troubles as it is with Clay Buchholz looking as if he'll miss more than 15 days with a strained back and with losing David Ortiz' bat from most of their next nine games as their interleague play shifts to National League ballparks. Carl Crawford has progressed well from a hamstring strain suffered Friday and should be back in time for the Toronto series. The team also received encouraging news regarding Bobby Jenks, who's spent two stints on the DL so far this year. 

The team is still waiting for a report on the shoulder of Jed Lowrie, who's been on the DL since last Thursday.