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Beckett 'totally' expected to make start

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he "totally" expects No. 2 starter Josh Beckett to make his scheduled start Saturday in Detroit, despite a right thumb injury he will be examined for in San Antonio.

"He's had a little situation that he's taking care of today -- just for peace of mind," Valentine said.

Valentine said Beckett threw 100 pitches Sunday in a controlled bullpen session and "felt great." It remains unclear how Beckett injured his thumb. Valentine said Beckett has "a little history with it," saying it's not a blister but "just a little situation."

"It's been a little hard to quite put our thumb on it," Valentine quipped. "What was really good about the last couple of times he's thrown is that he had good command.

"I feel real good today, from all reports we got after yesterday, and he said he felt really good, and I talked to the trainers and Bob (pitching coach Bob McClure) and his high school coach.

"I feel really good right now. As in all cases, you have to be prepared, and I think we are. We are covered no matter what happens."

About an hour earlier, Alfredo Aceves had said he was told to be prepared to start for Beckett on Saturday and also the home opener on April 13. Aceves had been told Sunday that he had failed in his bid to get one of the final two spots in the rotation, losing out to Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard.

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