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Josh Beckett looks to keep Diamondbacks in park

Beckett has allowed four home runs in 11 innings so far this season.


Josh Beckett gets the start for the Dodgers in the series finale on Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, hoping to shake the home run bug.

Beckett has allowed two home runs in each of his first two starts, the first time he has ever done that to start the season. He also allowed two home runs in each of his final two spring starts. The last time Beckett allowed two or more home runs in three consecutive starts was last Aug. 8-19, which was right before the Red Sox traded him to the Dodgers.

In seven starts with the Dodgers in 2012, Beckett allowed five total home runs.

At least on Tuesday in San Diego, Beckett had a sense of humor about one of his home runs allowed, to Nick Hundley.

"That pitch to Hundley was right down the middle," Beckett said. "When these guys do tee work, that's the pitch they work with."

Trevor Cahill, starting for Arizona on Sunday, has allowed home runs to A.J. Ellis (6-for-11, .545), Adrian Gonzalez (2-for-9, .222), and Jerry Hairston (1-for-4, .250).

Garagiola Honored

Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola will make his final broadcast on Sunday, as part of the Diamondbacks' broadcast. Garagiola, who called games for NBC for years, including calling the 1988 World Series alongside Vin Scully, announced his retirement on Feb. 20.

Garagiola, who has broadcast games for 58 years, will be honored in a pregame ceremony, then will join the Arizona radio broadcast during the second inning, then will join the television broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona for the third and fourth innings before signing off for the final time.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday