Believe it or not, some of the best advice Justin Masterson ever received about being a major league pitcher came from Josh Beckett [stats].

"Josh was really the first guy that kind of came up to me and said, 'Hey, what made you good in the minor leagues is what's going to make you good here,'?" Masterson said yesterday. "That's always stuck with me. It's been something that's helped me throughout."

And so, if he gets the chance this weekend, Masterson happily will return the favor of a confidence-boosting pep talk.