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Lackey (6-6, 2.80 ERA) went seven innings, allowing five hits and the two runs while striking out nine and walking one. It was the fifth straight outing he lasted at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer. "I don't know if I've ever seen John Lackey have better stuff," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, for whom Lackey played before signing with Boston in 2010. "Those two guys went pitch-for-pitch. It's the best stuff Jered's had all season." "John's pitching as well as any point in time in his career," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's in a very good place right now." Lackey, too, felt good about his outing, except for the outcome. "Felt pretty good about it," Lackey said. "One of the those deals where Weave pitched really good. It's tough."
ESPNBoston | Lackey shows stuff despite loss
We're almost at a point where we're running out of things to say about Lackey. He's been excellent, there's no way around it.
Yesterday he ran into a lanky blond-haired buzzsaw. Jered Weaver was simply dominant, and the Sox couldn't touch him.
If you look at Lackey's stats, you'll notice that the quotes from his old manager are right: He's pitching as well as he ever has. His ERA+ is 154, higher than it was when he led the league in 2007. His K/BB rate is 4.63 -- more than 1 higher than he's ever posted in a season. His H/9 is the lowest it's been in seven years; BB/9 the best of his career. His WHIP has dropped by a staggering .47 from last year.
And yet, he's not an All-Star...because he's 6-6. Just remember: If you pitch really well but the guy you just happen to be starting against is unhittable, that's your fault.
On page 2, Andrew Miller hits the DL.
Andrew Miller limped through the visiting clubhouse in a walking cast, stopping periodically to grimace.
X-rays on the reliever’s left foot late Saturday night were inconclusive and he’ll return to Boston for further tests with noted orthopedist Dr. George Theodore. But the Red Sox saw enough to know that Miller won’t be pitching anytime soon, which is why they placed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list yesterday and replaced him with right-hander Alfredo Aceves.
Miller was injured in the seventh inning of Saturday’s loss to the Angels when he stepped awkwardly while trying to change direction and back up home plate. He said he hopes nothing is broken, but added that he won’t know for sure until he undergoes further tests.
Herald | Injured foot puts Andrew Miller on 15-day DL
Miller is trying to stay positive, but walking boots are never a good sign.
There have been rumors that the Sox are after bullpen help (forget about Papelbon, please). The latest name being thrown around is Matt Thornton, the lefty from Chicago. Thornton has some short-term closing experience (if that matters to you) and was even an All-Star four years ago.
One concerning note: His K/9 has dropped for four straight years: 12.0, 9.5, 7.3, 6.8. Not a good sign for someone who's supposed to be a hard-thrower.
ESPNBoston | Red Sox place Andrew Miller on DL | Angels stay hot with shutout win over Red Sox | Holt makes impact with glove at third | CSNNE | Lackey continues on his comeback season | Weaver shuts down Red Sox, 3-0 | Herald | Offense whiffs vs. Weaver, Halos 'pen | Sox' newfound resiliency refreshing | Carp eager to bash old Mariners mates | Red Sox can't back John Lackey | Globe | Miller optimistic, but further tests await | Lackey sharp, but Angels blank Red Sox | Miller to DL; Aceves recalled from AAA