Josh Beckett exits with hyperextended left knee

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9:20 p.m. EDT: Beckett was removed with the Red Sox are calling a mildly hyperextended left knee.  The team said it was a precaution and that he’s listed as day-to-day.

Common sense would dictate that he’ll be scratched from the All-Star Game, even though it looks like he’ll be ready to pitch after the break.

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Red Sox All-Star right-hander Josh Beckett left his start Friday against the Orioles after five innings with an apparent leg injury.

Beckett, who opened the game with four scoreless innings, appeared to slip on the mound while delivering a pitch in the fifth.  The trainer came out to look at him, but all Beckett asked for at the time was for a little work to be done on the mound.

Beckett got his wish, but he struggled over the rest of the inning.  Having already allowed a homer to Derrek Lee, he went on to walk two batters and give up two RBI singles before striking out Vladimir Guerrero to end the frame.

After the inning, Beckett walked into the tunnel with the trainer and a Red Sox team doctor and never came back out.  Matt Albers replaced him in the sixth with Boston up 8-3.

Beckett didn’t appear to be walking with a significant limp, so hopefully this is just a minor injury for him.  Still, it’s more distressing news for the Red Sox, who just lost a third starter to the DL when Jon Lester suffered a strained lat muscle Tuesday.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.