Boston's Beckett returns to throw simulated game

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Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett threw 40 pitches in a three-inning, simulated game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.

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Beckett missed his scheduled start on Thursday. He experienced mild concussion symptoms after being hit in the left temple on Monday by an errant ball while shagging flies in the outfield during batting practice.

Beckett is expected to make his next start on Tuesday.

Beckett faced six Red Sox minor leaguers, throwing a mix of all his pitches.

TWINS: Joe Nathan pitched a perfect inning for Minnesota in the closer's second appearance in his comeback from major elbow surgery, as Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 5-4.

WHITE SOX: Jake Peavy pitched two scoreless innings for Chicago on Friday against the Angels in his first outing since ripping his right shoulder last July.

The 2007 NL Cy Young winner struck out two and walked one. He reached 92 mph with a fastball that Los Angeles star Torii Hunter grounded into a double play.

CUBS: Chicago pitcher Carlos Silva says he accepts the blame for his dugout confrontation with third baseman Aramis Ramirez .

Silva told reporters at the Cubs' spring facility that he apologized to Ramirez after their scuffle and they would "talk later," but that conversation apparently had not happened yet.

The two got into it after a brutal six-run first inning against Milwaukee on Wednesday in which Silva gave up two home runs and the Cubs committed three errors -- one by Ramirez.

- Chicago pitcher Matt Garza was hit in the lower back by a line drive Friday and stayed in the game against Kansas City for two more batters before leaving.

PADRES: San Diego says bench coach Rick Renteria has had surgery to fix a facial bone after being hit by a line drive and could return to the team today.

INDIANS: Cleveland oufielder Grady Sizemore took part in some team drills for the first time at spring training on Friday as he works his way back from off-season knee surgery.

YANKEES: New York backup catcher Francisco Cervelli will be in a protective boot for at least four weeks because of a broken left foot, and it's uncertain when he'll be able to play again.

ASTROS: Houston catcher Jason Castro will be sidelined for most or all of the season following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

RANGERS: Texas general manager Jon Daniels has received a four-year contract extension through the 2015 season.


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