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It will be up to John Lackey to keep the Boston Red Sox (61-42) in first place in the AL East. With the Tampa Bay Rays (60-42) just a half-game back and looking to take three of four from the Sox, tonight’s game means much more than just a July intra-division clash.
Boston has been in first place in the East for nearly two months and would like to remain there for the rest of the season. Tampa hasn’t been in first since April 6, but the Rays are playing better than anybody in baseball, having won 19 of their last 22 games, including taking the two of the first three at Fenway Park. The Sox were in the same position two nights ago and were victorious, 6-2, to keep the Rays 1.5 games back. We'll see they can duplicate that tonight.
Lackey is 7-7 but boasts a 2.95 ERA and has arguably been the Sox’ ace for much of the season. He has pitched to his capabilities after returning from Tommy John Surgery and shown Red Sox Nation the type of competito...
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I’m not the type for sentimental tangents, unless we’re talking about tiny zebras, which are cute as all hell and f$%king awesome. So I won’t wax rhapsodic about John Lackey’s rebirth as local hero.
All I’m going to say is that if there was anybody I’d want to see on the hill, facing one of toughest division rivals and defending our position atop the AL East, it’d...
The Red Sox still boast the highest-scoring offense in baseball, but it hasn’t looked like over the past week.
The Sox have dropped three of their last four games, scoring a run or fewer in each loss, and now find themselves staring up at Tampa Bay in the AL East standings for the first time in nearly two months. Baltimore shut out the Red Sox at Camden Yards on Friday, but John...
John Lackey has turned his game around in 2013, but how much of it is sustainable the rest of the way?
John Lackey has been the great, pleasant surprise of the Boston Red Sox starting rotation this season. In a year where Clay Bucholz has become a medical uncertainty and Jon Lester is struggling to find his form after a hot start, Lackey has been the model of consistency. The question...
John Lackey was in line to start Thursday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays, but after that game was washed out, Lackey will now take the hill Friday in the series opener against the Orioles.
The Red Sox have dropped five of their last eight games, hitting just .225 during the skid. Dustin Pedroia, who will bat third in the lineup, has struggled as of late, notching just one...
The Baltimore Orioles hit three home runs off of John Lackey, including two by Adam Jones, to help themselves to a 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The loss by the Red Sox coupled with the Tampa Bay Rays win over the New York Yankees put the Rays in first place in the AL East by ½ game over the Red Sox.
There is one team in the AL East that has been a thorn in the side of Red Sox Nation. That team is the Baltimore Orioles, who at this point in the season are the only division rival to hold a winning record (5-2) against the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox (61-42) get a chance to even that record, but things won’t be easy, as they open up a weekend...
(Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)For the third time in four games, dominant pitching performances have shut down the Red Sox offense—last night it was Chris Tillman in a 6-0 O's win. The Boston loss dropped them into second place for the first time in 60 days, falling behind the surging Rays. Tillman allowed just two hits over seven innings—as Boston's trade deadline priorities...
There has been a lot of talk about the character of this year’s Red Sox team. They have shown grit, determination, a willingness to play together and the ability to win.
Great chemistry is easy when you’re mashing the ball, celebrating walk-offs, trading high fives and in first place for 60 straight days. It’s quite another thing when you’re...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Friday, July 26 @ 7:05 PM
John Lackey, RHP (7-7, 2.95) vs Chris Tillman, RHP (12-3, 3.84)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Saturday, July 27 @ 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster, RHP (5-8, 4.28) vs Scott Feldman, RHP (9-7, 3.75)
TV: NESN, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JULY 26, 2002
GAME 101 - ANGELS AT MARINERS
SEATTLE – The Angels have spent all season chasing the Seattle Mariners, and in a series opener before 45,559 at Safeco Field, they caught them.
Rookie starter John Lackey threw eight scoreless innings, scattering six hits, and eight different Angels had at least one hit in the...
After being rained out last night, the Boston Red Sox head to the home of The Wire for a three-game matchup with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the game on MASN. And if you can't catch the...
After falling last night, the Boston Red Sox look to avoid falling out of first place tonight and gain a split of the four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. And if you...
First Pitch: Friday 7:05, Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: John Lackey, RHP (7-7, 2.95 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman, RHP (12-3, 3.84 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (5-8, 4.28 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman, RHP (2-1, 4.73 ERA)
Sunday: Jon Lester, LHP (9-6, 4.50 ERA) vs. Jason Hammel, RHP (7-7, 5.20 ERA)
Yard: Oriole Park at Camden...
5:54 p.m.: Daniel Nava will return to the Red Sox’ lineup Friday. Nava has only played in one of the last four games, and he was scheduled to sit out Thursday’s series finale against the Rays before it got rained out.
Jonny Gomes has been given more of an opportunity lately, and John Farrell said that matchups have dictated his lineup decisions. Gomes is typically tough on lefties...
Last Monday at around 1:00am, when Mike Napoli launched an extra-innings walk-off homer to beat the Yankees, I was convinced this team was destined for 2004-like greatness. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the over-indulging in alcohol. But at that moment, it just felt right.
Since then, the Sox have gone 1-3. During that stretch, they’ve been outscored 16-7, scored one run or...