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Beckett shrugs off minor neck ailment

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Having already placed 40 percent of their rotation on the disabled list this week, the Red Sox got a scare Thursday night when Josh Beckett left the game with neck tightness.

However, it was only a scare.

After Carl Crawford's walk-off single gave the Red Sox their sixth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Detroit Tigers, Beckett said he didn't believe the discomfort to be anything serious. Likewise, manager Terry Francona said lifting Beckett after six innings and 83 pitches was precautionary.

"I battled through the first few innings, and it never loosened up," Beckett said. "I don't think it's anything serious at all, but it's better to be cautious, especially with the situation we're in right now with our starters."

Matched up against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, Beckett was effective once again, lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.73. His scoreless streak was snapped at 19 1/3 innings when the Tigers pushed across a run in the second. But he also got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and allowed only five hits overall.

"He pitched a whale of a game, but he got stiff and he was getting stiffer," Francona said. "That's not something to mess around with. He'll be OK."

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