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Beckett Strong,3 Hits for Ellsbury as Red Sox Take Two

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Josh Beckett was solid for 3 2-3 innings in his first start since getting hit in the head by a line drive and the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Tuesday in a
split-squad game.

 Former Red Sox and Astros star Roger Clemens watched from a suite as his minor league son, Koby, went 0 for 4 as Houston’s first baseman.

Boston’s spring training sellout streak at City of Palms Park dating to 2003 ended at 109. This exhibition game was a late addition to the Grapefruit League schedule.

Beckett had been out since getting struck in the left temple during batting practice on Feb. 28. The Red Sox ace allowed one runon three hits and walk and struck out four.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and a split squad of Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Tuesday.Ellsbury doubled, drove in a run, scored once and stole a base.He left in the sixth inning and Boston scored four times in the eighth.

Two of Ellsbury’s hits came off Jaime Garcia, who looked sloppy at times in his second start of the spring.Garcia allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings. He is projected as the No. 2 starter in the St. Louis
rotation with Adam Wainwright out after season-ending ligament replacement surgery.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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