Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 11/1/14
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Photo from mlb.com Joe Maddon might be trying to suck John Lackey in to a war of words over hitting Matt Joyce, but Lackey wants none of it, according to MLB.com. "I totally believe it was intentional," Maddon told MLB.com. "I saw the replay, and it was absolutely validated, my thoughts." Lackey responded by saying that he "doesn't want to drag it on," according to MLB. I can't say I blame him. The last thing anyone wants is to get dragged into a media circus over one hit batsman. It doesn't really serve any purpose, except maybe the Rays purpose, who might be using the incident as motivation. Matt Joyce certainly did, as he homered on his next AB. It's probably for the best, though, that Lackey is trying to keep out of this. Last year, the manager who shall remain nameless went on-air and called Kevin Youkilis out for not giving 100% and it cause all sorts of distractions in the clubhouse, and it didn't win that manager any loyalty points from the players. Dustin Pedroia publi...
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