FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -Josh Beckett threw two scoreless innings in a minor league game Sunday, an important step in his return from back spasms.
The Boston Red Sox ace, who went 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA last season, allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three for Triple-A Pawtucket against Double-A Portland. He threw 35 pitches and faced seven batters.
Beckett felt discomfort in his back after throwing a warmup pitch before his scheduled start March 8 against the Florida Marlins. He departed without facing a batter.
The injury caused him to miss Boston's trip to Japan, where the Red Sox open the regular season Tuesday against Oakland.

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