Friday April 13, 2012 | 06:46 PM

Some quick comments from manager Bobby Valentine and pitcher Josh Beckett after Boston beat Tampa Bay 12-2. Beckett pitched eight solid innings, allowing one run on five hits.

"Just what the doctored ordered. We were wondering and hoping, and (Beckett) relieved all doubt. "Valentine said. "Threw great curveballs. Had terrific control. Threw all his fastballs over 90 miles per hour."

Valentine did not have any updates on Jacoby Ellsbury who left Fenway Park with an injured right shoulder. He was being checked out at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"I saw the shortstop come down on his shoulder," Valentine said. "He was in a lot of pain when I got there.

"I’m preparing for someone to get here tomorrow."

Boston will summon an outfielder from Pawtucket to replace Ellsbury

Josh Beckett had only one strikeout Friday.

"The guys played really good defense," Beckett said. "They gave me the confidence to really pound the strike zone."

Beckett used a lot of off-speed stuff and said the "game dictated that. They were swinging, not letting me get ahead or behind."

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