Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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As he walked off the mound last night, having tossed 6-2/3 strong innings, John Lackey got a standing ovation from a jam-packed crowd at Fenway Park. And this time, he returned the favor by tipping his cap. "It was nice," Lackey said. "It was my appreciation back to them. Thanks for understanding what I've gone through, I guess." Lackey has been through a lot -- most of it miserable -- since he signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox. There was the underwhelming 2010 season, in which he went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA. And there was the nightmarish 2011, when he pitched with a shredded ligament in his elbow and posted a 6.41 ERA, then was among the pitchers who drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during games. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery, and most Red Sox fans wouldn't have complained if they had never seen him again. But just as the Red Sox gained redemption with a worst-to-first...
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