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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
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John Lackey went toe-to-toe with the Angels’ best, and he proved himself once again.
Lackey twirled seven impressive innings Sunday, yet two mistakes were all that the Angels needed to earn a victory, as Jered Weaver and Co. shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, in the series’ rubber match. It was a frustrating night for the Red Sox’ offense, but it was especially maddening because it...
In most years, a loss like the one the Boston Red Sox took Saturday night would be a crushing blow and the beginning of a long losing streak. But not this team. Not this year.
The Red Sox (54-35) stunningly fell to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (42-45) in extra innings, 9-7, after blowing a 7-3 lead they took into the bottom of the ninth. This...
The Red Sox are in need of a pick-me-up after a devastating 9-7 extra-inning loss against the Angels on Saturday night. Luckily for Boston, it will send one of its hottest starting pitchers to the mound in John Lackey, as it tries to bounce back out west.
Lackey (6-5) has been solid for over a month now, as he hasn’t lost a start since May 29 and has earned a win in three of his...
(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)So much for bouncing back from a disastrous loss. The Red Sox offense was as flat as Alex Rodriguez's career path, poking out just five hits in a 3-0 loss to the Halos. John Lackey was once again stunningly good—going seven innings and giving up just two runs on five hits. The righty struck out nine and walked only one. Unfortunately it didn't matter...
The stage was set perfectly for the Red Sox to show America that they are indeed the best team in baseball, the Sunday Night game on ESPN. Its the game that everyone that is a baseball fan watches, and the Sox came out flat, getting only 5 hits in 9 innings, scoring 0 runs. Lackey pitched well, a good showing from him back in his old stomping grounds...
Keith Allison The fantasy stock report is a weekly article that will provide insight on particular hitters or pitchers whose stock is either rising or falling based on recent performances. This week we will take a look at two pitchers: John Lackey and Yovani Gallardo. BULLISH: John LackeyJohn Lackey has turned back the clock this year and posted excellent numbers. He is currently...
John Lackey spent eight seasons in Anaheim, bursting onto the baseball scene for the Angels in 2002 when he started and won Game 7 of the World Series as a rookie. In those eight years in LA, he won 102 games, tied for fifth most in Angels franchise history. The man directly ahead of him on that list (104 wins entering the game) could very well say he learned everything he knows...
Jered Weaver and John Lackey hooked up in a pitching duel that pitted former teammates against one another. There was no animosity, with Weaver crediting Lackey for helping him develop and Lackey playing the part of proud big brother.
Weaver got the best of Lackey on Sunday night, combining with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox...
I missed the first eight and a half innings of tonight’s game because I was in class: graduate school started yesterday and we’ve hit the ground running. Of course, I surreptitiously monitored the progress of the Red Sox as consistently as possible, and was thrilled every time I checked in by the excellent start from John Lackey.
You can’t script it any better than this: the...
Game 70: Sox still hurting from last night, lose 3-0.
Last night's debacle gave the Red Sox a hangover, and they struggled to keep up offensively all game. To give credit to Jered Weaver, he was sharp, allowing five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and the Red Sox just never looked comfortable against him. Boston's John Lackey matched him inning for inning...
You really can't fault John Lackey for last night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. His former teammate, Jered Weaver, simply outdueled him in a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday night.
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The Red Sox were not able to muster any runs as Jared Weaver and the Angels bullpen shut down baseball's most potent offense 3-0. It was only the fifth time the Red Sox have been shut out this season.
Mike Trout and Hank Conger hit solo home runs and Mark Trumbo knocked in an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
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5:56 p.m.: Shane Victorino will be out of the Red Sox’ lineup Sunday. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game after dealing with left hamstring tightness.
Daniel Nava will shift over to right field and bat second in Victorino’s absence. Mike Carp will be inserted into the lineup as the left fielder and bat sixth.
Ryan Lavarnway will start behind...
Source: The Washington Post
Before last night’s loss, the Red Sox hadn’t lost three games in a row since May 11-14th against the Blue Jays and Rays. The beginning of May was rough on the Sox, as they lost three in a row three separate times in a span of just over two weeks, but the beginning of July isn’t shaping up too well, either.
Since making it over to the West Coast...