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Josh Beckett retires from baseball

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Beckett threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers in his final season.

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As expected, Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett announced his retirement on Tuesday after the team was eliminated in the NLDS against the Cardinals, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Beckett last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 3, shut down by hip problems that ultimately resulted in a torn labrum. Beckett said he would have surgery, but won't pitch again.

"I just don't see me going through that rehab and coming back to pitch at this point in my life," Beckett told Gurnick.

Beckett, 34, was 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA for the Dodgers in 20 starts, with 107 strikeouts and 39 walks in 116 innings. The highlight of his year was a no-hitter on May 25 in Philadelphia, the first of his career. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list and announced he was out for the season on Sept. 6.

Beckett went through a lot in his final season, not only dealing with the hip issues that sent him to the disabled list twice but also a thumb injury in late spring training into April. Various aches and pains often kept him from doing much of anything in between starts.

"I think in between starts are a battle for Josh," manager Don Mattingly said in July. "That's just the way it is, and I don't think that's going to change."

It was a remarkable final season for Beckett, especially when considering he made only eight starts in 2013. He had that season cut short by nerve problems stemming from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and the surgery to relieve that nerve pressure involved removing a rib.

Beckett pitched 14 seasons in the majors, going 138-106 with a 3.88 ERA, a 111 ERA+, with 1,901 strikeouts in 2,051 innings. He was 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 postseason games, including 13 starts, and won World Series with the Marlins in 2003 and the Red Sox in 2007, capturing World Series MVP in 2003 and ALCS MVP in 2007.

He was acquired by the Dodgers as part of the Punto Trade in August 2012. Beckett made $15.75 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year deal signed with Boston.