Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett understood why he was booed as he left the field after being removed from Thursday's game in the third inning.

"I pitched like [expletive]," Beckett said in his postgame interview. "That's what happens. Smart fans."

But Beckett defended himself for playing golf two days before he missed a start last week.

"I spend my off-days the way I want to spend them," Beckett said. "My off-day is my off-day."