Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 8-1

ARLINGTON, Texas - He had been so nervous, so concerned, coping with the thought that there might be a serious problem with his right arm.

There were sleepless nights, a trip to Pensacola, Fla., last Friday to see Dr. James Andrews, then a deep breath.

Josh Beckett would continue to pitch this season, a start was scheduled, and the days ticked down. There was optimism, from Beckett, the Red Sox front office, and his teammates, whose thoughts have turned to the final wee...

ARLINGTON, Texas --Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell had an immediate impact in their return to the lineup for the AL wild card-leading Boston Red Sox.

Beckett struck out seven over five scoreless innings in his first start in nearly three weeks and Lowell came off the disabled list to go 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, helping Boston beat the Texas Rangers 8-1 on Friday night.

The Red Sox won their fourth straight game to move within 2 1/2 games of AL East-leading Ta...