Josh Beckett’s no-hitter means Domino’s will give away 20,000 free pizzas

On Sunday, Josh Beckett tossed the 21st no-hitter in Dodger history, and the team’s first since 1996.

It was also the first no-hitter of the 2014 season, meaning Domino’s will be giving away 20,000 free pizzas on Tuesday as part of their #DomiNoNo promotion. The first 20,000 MLB.com accounts to register at MLB.com/dominos can get a free, medium, two-topping pan pizza.

For those not able to sign up in time, the promotion is valid for the first two no-hitters of the season.

Prior to Sunday, we’ve seen complete game one-hitters in 2014 by Andrew Cashner and Adam Wainwright. Then there was Yu Darvish, who lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, thanks to David Ortiz, who was later credited with a second hit after the official scorer’s ruling on this play was changed.

Josh Beckett throws no-hitter against Phillies

Josh Beckett no-hitter

Josh Beckett has been pretty sharp for the Dodgers this season, but he really had his best stuff working on Sunday when he no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 6-0 win to give the Dodgers a series win.

Beckett walked three and struck out six and had plenty of suspense while getting the no-hitter. He had two strikes on Jimmy Rollins but walked the shortstop on a full count to bring up Chase Utley. Utley worked the count to 3-1 and thought a curveball outside was out of the zone for ball four, but it was called a strike. Beckett then froze Utley on a 3-2 fastball at the knees for strike three, giving him the no-hitter.

The no-hitter was the 21st in Dodger history and first for the team since Hideo Nomo’s improbable no-no at Coors Field in 1996. It was the first time the Phillies had been no-hit in 36 years.

Beckett is now 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA this season.

Josh Beckett reportedly injured thumb by catching it in a door

Josh-Beckett-DodgersLook, we know weird injuries are an important part of baseball culture. It wouldn’t be spring training without hangnails, pitching machine incidents, or sliced fingers. But is it just me or does this year already seem worse than ever? Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is the latest victim.

Beckett could miss his scheduled start on Friday as he continues to recover from a sprained thumb. A thumb injury is nothing unusual for a pitcher, but the way it happened is what makes Beckett’s injury such a classic spring training debacle. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported that Beckett caught his thumb in a set of doors leading to the clubhouse a little over a week ago.

“I come back from thoracic outlet syndrome and this is what I’m dealing with,” Beckett said.

The 34-year-old righthander had a bullpen session on Tuesday but said he is still having trouble gripping the ball. Beckett made just eight starts last season for the Dodgers because of injuries, compiling an 0-5 record and a 5.19 ERA. He hopes to be ready when the team comes back home after playing in Australia.

As we know, Beckett is not the only pitcher to have bad luck with clumsiness this offseason. Jake Peavy lost a battle with a fishing knife, Francisco Rodriguez hurt his foot by stepping on a cactus, and Hisashi Iwakuma injured his finger by catching it on a pitching net. Like I’ve said before, these guys really could use a plastic bubble.

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Carlos Beltran throws Josh Beckett out at first base from right field (Video)

Welcome back to the National League, Josh. Those of you who somehow missed all the stuff about pitchers pounding beers and hawking down fried chicken in Boston last year may not know this, but Josh Beckett isn’t exactly a model of fitness. Watching him swing a bat during interleague play when he was with the Red Sox was always entertaining. However, Beckett actually ripped a solid single to right field during the third inning of the Dodgers-Cardinals game Thursday night. His problem was getting down the line.

Carlos Beltran, who has a pretty strong arm, scooped the ball up in right and was able to gun Beckett out at first. Since Beckett is fat, we aren’t surprised. Since this type of thing rarely ever happens at the MLB level, it was still fun to watch. Perhaps Josh should just go back to leaving the bat on his shoulder.

Josh Beckett says negative Boston media ran him out of town

The Boston media are never going to be kind to those who don’t deserve kindness. In fact, they are even pretty hard on those who do. Whether Josh Beckett was mistreated by writers and reporters or not during his tenure with the Red Sox depends on your viewpoint. Either way, Beckett seems to think it was the media that ran him out of town.

“Once they want you out of there, they want you out of there,” Beckett said Tuesday according to WEEI.com. “By them, I don’t necessarily mean the fans. There are certain people in the media who painted me out to be a monster with horns, and that’s just not the case. I said that in my press conference, people out here hear from certain media members that [portrayal].

“They don’t write what people say because that’s not how they want perception to be. They’ve done it to a lot of people. I got a text message from one of the head security guys over there. He’s like, ‘You’re not the first person I’ve seen this happen to.’ Once those people want you out of there, they want you out of there. They’re going to keep on, keeping on, keeping on until they get what they want.”

Adrian Gonzalez already expressed a similar opinion when asked about his experience. Beckett, who was an enormous part of the Red Sox World Series run in 2007, compared himself to former closer Keith Foulke. Foulke led Boston through the playoffs in 2004 and was eventually forced out in 2006 after he started struggling.

“You just try and be yourself, and if that’s not enough, what are you supposed to do?” Beckett asked. “Act like somebody else?”

While I’m not going to say the Boston media has treated Beckett fairly over the past few seasons, you would be generalizing far too much if you blamed the media for his departure. Ultimately, it was Beckett’s poor performance on the mound. He was 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA before joining the Dodgers. Whether its was an attitude problem, a physical problem or both, the Red Sox decided to pay Beckett like an ace when they signed him to a four-year, $68 million extension and he did not pitch like one. Had he pitched well, none of this would have happened.

Josh Beckett reportedly went golfing after team announced he’d miss start with injury

Josh Beckett’s judgment is being questioned once again. The Red Sox pitcher reportedly went golfing a day after the team announced he would miss a start because of a troublesome lat and shoulder.

According to 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Beckett had stiffness in his lat and shoulder after throwing 126 pitches last Sunday against the White Sox. The team determined on Wednesday that he would miss his next scheduled start, apparently against his will. Manager Bobby Valentine reportedly wanted him to take the week off while Beckett believed he was fine to make the start. That likely explains why he reportedly felt well enough to go golfing with teammate Clay Buchholz on Thursday.

Even if Beckett believed he was well enough to make his next start, this still comes down to him not using the best judgment. If he had shoulder and lat issues, and the team told him to miss a start to recover, then going golfing is not the best way to heal.

Beckett was one of the ringleaders when it came to slacking in the clubhouse last year during Boston’s meltdown. It looked like he was changing his ways in February, but now we’re left questioning him again. Beckett is 2-3 with a team-leading 4.45 ERA. He’s made four good starts since being bombed in his season debut, but he has plenty of room for improvement. So does his buddy Buchholz, who’s been terrible to start the season.

Josh Beckett rips Curt Schilling: The game’s a lot easier from over there

In a lot of ways, Josh Beckett became public enemy number one when the Red Sox went through their meltdown last season. Many believe he was the main force that pushed Terry Francona out the door, and it wouldn’t shock me if that was true. Beckett knows that, and he knows he will need to get along with Bobby Valentine this season in order for the Red Sox to be successful. That’s why when Curt Schilling said things weren’t going well between Valentine and the Boston players, Beckett was not happy.

“I haven’t seen him around this year,” Beckett said during an interview with WEEI Thursday. “Is he one of our pitchers? Like I haven’t seen him around this year. I didn’t know he was going to be one of our pitchers. I haven’t seen him around here. I’d think if somebody knew that much they’d probably be a little closer to it.

“Game’s a lot easier from over there (as a media person), I think. As far as him speaking about how things are being run, I haven’t seen him around here to where he would know that much.”

Beckett also added that things are going “great” with Valentine and that he likes some of the adjustments he has made with the pitching staff and their preparation. He said his legs have never felt this good coming out of spring training and credited it to the stretching and workouts Valentine has put into place.

Even if there were problems, Beckett wouldn’t admit it. The last thing the Sox want is the media feasting on perceived clubhouse issues before an inning of the regular season is in the books. There may be tension already and there may not be, but I think we can all agree that it will take a little more than the opinion of Schilling for us to believe Boston is in trouble.

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