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Josh Beckett took one for the team.

The Red Sox right-hander yesterday dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension, which was in turn dropped to five games, but he didn't do so willingly.

Beckett wanted to appeal because he maintains he did not intentionally throw at the Angels' Bobby Abreu, but the team requested he accept the lesser punishment and resolve the issue now, which Beckett reluctantly did.

``I don't support this at all,'' Beckett said. ``If it was up to me, we would have gone through this whole process. It could have eventually been a lot worse if we had gone through with the whole thing. Everybody has got to answer to somebody. When your boss tells you to do something, you do what's best for the team.''

Beckett said the request came jointly from general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona. He will not miss a start, instead flip-flopping with Jon Lester next weekend against the Yankees. Lester will start Friday on normal rest, with Beckett following him on Saturday on six days' rest.

``If it was up to me, obviously, we would have gone through with this whole thing, because I don't think I deserve even one game,'' Beckett said. ``When your boss tells you that something is best for the whole group, that's what we do.''

The way the Red Sox saw it, Beckett did not have history on his side. They felt similar appeals had not led to overturned decisions and that five games was the best Beckett would do.

``I don't think the organization felt like it was ever going to get lessened more than five,'' Francona said. ``Regardless of how we feel about what happened . . . I don't think they go below five, because they want you to miss a start.''

Timlin in town

Looking like he could pitch tomorrow if needed, former Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin made the clubhouse rounds before throwing out the first pitch against the Orioles. He's in town with his wife, Dawn, who's running her sixth Boston Marathon today.

The 43-year-old Timlin has pretty much accepted his career is over. He put out feelers over the winter and didn't receive any interest, even for a minor league deal, so now he's spending time with his family, watching son Jake play Little League.

``I had a nice run,'' Timlin said.

Timlin recorded the final out of the 1992 World Series with the Blue Jays, won two World Series with the Red Sox , and leaves the game seventh on the all-time appearances list with 1,058.

Saved by Saito

Takashi Saito saved 81 games in three seasons with the Dodgers, so he's no stranger to the ninth inning. He put that experience to use yesterday, escaping a two-on, none-out jam to preserve a 2-1 win over the Orioles.

Because Jonathan Papelbon had earned saves the previous two nights, Saito got the call, even though it meant pitching on two consecutive days himself.

``When the guy we have is an unquestionable, immovable closer, It's really encouraging to have an opportunity to be called to the mound in that situation,'' Saito said through translator Masa Hoshino. ``I wanted to treat it as the same mound as usual and pitch as usual, but I also wanted to leave a good result no matter what.'' . . .

How bad was the wind? Listed at 17 mph before the first pitch, it blew straight in for most of the afternoon, turning what seemed a surefire homer for Nick Green in the third into a long out to center. ``It's part of the gig,'' Green said. ``I felt like I hit that one enough to get out and then you look up at the wind and you can't feel so badly, because (Mike) Lowell's (second-inning) RBI was probably helped by the fact that it was blowing in.''

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