Originally written August 17, 2013 on NESN.com:
Mark Reynolds, Alfonso Soriano and the rest of the Yankees got their hacks in Friday night, but if Red Sox fans had to pick any pitcher to come to the mound to halt Boston’s three-game losing streak (aside from a healthy Clay Buchholz), it would be John Lackey. Despite having not recorded a win since July 12 and not faring all that well in his last outing against the Bronx Bombers, Lackey has been stellar overall this season and can safely be labeled the Sox’ stopper at this point. At Fenway Park, he is 4-2 with a 2.15 earned run average this season, which should give the Red Sox added comfort even as New York sends up its unquestioned ace, Hiroki Kuroda (11-7, 2.33). Lackey needs to be crisp on Saturday, though he got a late boost by Shane Victorino‘s late addition to the lineup. Mike Carp, a left-handed hitter, and switch-hitting Daniel Nava were originally announced to man the corner outfield spots against the righty Kuroda, but about an hour later, a new lineup card was issued w...
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