Friday May 11, 2012 | 06:36 AM

A lot of baseball pitchers play golf on days when they are not pitching. No big deal. And they have a lot of days to play, not just when the team is off.

So when Josh Beckett was asked about playing golf, he said quickly that it was his day off and his business.

OK. Josh wants to sound like a regular working man. In the real world, what would happen if you told the boss that you were too sore to work, and then played golf?

Beckett got booed heavily after giving up 7 runs in 2 1/3 innings Thursday night. I don't think it was just the performance that the fans were complaining about.

Maybe it was the attitude, too.

Beckett's golf partner, Clay Buchholz, pitches today (and, to be clear, there certainly was nothing wrong with Buchholz playing golf. He did not miss a start because of a sore lat muscle). Buchholz is 3-1, but with a 9.09 ERA.

Cleveland throws Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 4.04). He threw a 2-hit shutout over 7 innings against the Rangers his last outing. In 35 innings, Jimenez has struck out 20, but walked 25.

Pawtucket's Alex Wilson threw 2 innings of relief (2 H 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) ... Mark Melancon came into face the last batter and struck him out.

Salem outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.291) is coming around, going 2-for-3.


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