In Josh Beckett's last start before the All-Star break, he gave up five runs in the first inning against the New York Yankees and was gone after five innings.

In his first start after the All-Star break, in the Red Sox' series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday at Tropicana Field, Beckett continued to have first-inning problems.

The difference this time is that after giving up three first-inning runs he settled down to the degree that he didn't allow another run, working six innings in the Red Sox' 7-3 victory over the Rays.