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Each year two players, one from the American League and one from the National League, are honored as Comeback Player of the Year.
Whether the player is returning from injury, illness, or ineffectiveness, each winner has overcome a hurdle of some sort and reversed their fortunes from the previous year.
As the season winds down, a few candidates in each league have separated themselves from the pack.
The AL crop of players this year could probably include the entire Boston Red Sox lineup and rotation, but John Lackey, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Shane Victorino have put themselves ahead of the pack.
Former Red Sox Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers after missing all of 2012 - and picked up where he left off with the bat. And of course Mariano Rivera, after missing most of last season, decided to have an elite season on his way into retirement.
After the 2012 season, despite not throwing a single pitch, John Lackey was not a popular man in New England. Saying that...
BEST OF MAXIM
(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)John Lackey was about as good as he's been all year—no-hitting the Orioles for 6 1/3 innings in tonight's 3-1 Red Sox win. The right-hander secured a complete game win giving up just two hits, and striking out eight. Both the no-no and the shutout were ended with a mammoth homerun off the bat of Adam Jones in the seventh. Boston started...
It's fitting that the successful-beyond-expectations Red Sox clinch a playoff berth on a night in which their previously most reviled player -- one who had been a complete bust at $18 million per year -- tosses a complete-game two-hitter.
John Lackey was a strike machine tonight. He had a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and after an Adam Jones solo homer he settled back in. He...
After spending the past three seasons painfully watching the postseason from the outside the Red Sox punched their playoff ticket.
A 3-1 win over an Orioles team that dealt the Red Sox their share of September heartbreak the past two years guaranteed the Sox their first trip to the postseason since 2009.
Taking a no-hitter into the seventh John Lackey put the Sox on his back in...
Listen, I love what John Lackey has done for the Red Sox this year, but did you see him after the game? What a goofball. Other than characters in some eighties valley girl B-movie, who says “fer sher?” But whatever. I can’t believe I’m about to say this – that dude can pitch!
The Lackster pitched a complete game two-hitter, allowing just one measly run. Throw in eight...
BOSTON — The 2013 Red Sox arrived in spring training with a chip on their shoulder, and no player — outside of maybe Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz — had more to prove than John Lackey.
Lackey has responded by putting together a terrific season. The 34-year-old has been focused, consistent and effective, and he has won back a fan base that was understandably disgruntled following...
The Boston Red Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2009, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Thursday night behind John Lackey's two-hitter.
Coming off a last-place finish and a 69-93 record -- their most losses since 1965, the Red Sox have rebounded under first-year manager John Farrell and ensured at least a wild-card berth in the postseason. They lowered their magic...
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The Red Sox clinched a playoff spot off the back of John Lackey's gem of a game. That's great. We're going back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, and after the train wreck that was the 2012 Red Sox, it's a great feeling. It really is. But my wish, and the Red Sox's wish, is to clinch the...
Is tonight the night the Boston Red Sox (92-61) clinch a postseason berth? Or is it the night the Baltimore Orioles (81-70) win the season series against the Sox, taking their 10th game in 16 tries?
Only time will tell us that answer, but the past two nights have produced outstanding baseball games. The Sox wound up on the losing end of both and...
The Red Sox clinched at least a wild card playoff spot with the 3-1 win over the Orioles at Fenway last night. John Lackey pitched what might’ve been his best game in a Red Sox uniform, limiting the O’s to just two hits and going the complete nine innings.
How John Lackey became an improbable symbol of an improbable (and playoff-bound) team – Alex Speier looks at how the once...
5:43 p.m.: OK, so here’s the deal when it comes to the Red Sox clinching a playoff spot tonight.
The Red Sox must win in order to clinch at least a wild card spot. The Indians losing essentially is irrelevant. The Orioles would move ahead of the Indians with a win and a Cleveland loss, thus changing things.
5:06 p.m.: Need further proof that this is a loose bunch?
Every year in Major League Baseball, one random team that did not make the playoffs or win their division in the previous season makes a miracle run to the top of their division and into the post-season. A lot of times, this “mystery team” is someone with a lot of young players or a team that woefully underachieved the last year, but most pundits still do not expect them to be...
HIGH-FIVE! THEY'RE IN! (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Pop that cork, Red Sox Nation!
The bearded boys from Beantown clinched the team’s first postseason slot since 2009 on Thursday night at Fenway Park behind a valiant, complete-game effort from John Lackey, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
While the team exchanged the requisite...
All business for the Sox after clinching a playoff spot last night, expect the celebration once they clinch the division.
This years version of the Boston Red Sox will be in the playoffs with a legitimate shot at a World Series title. Last night the Sox clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009, when they lost to John Lackey’s Angels in the Division Series. The...
While the Boston Red Sox are officially headed back to the postseason, they aren't satisfied just yet.
The Red Sox can clinch the AL East in Friday night's series opener against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer and John Lackey threw a two-hitter in Thursday's 3-1 win over Baltimore, helping Boston (93-61) lock up its first playoff berth...
Three grueling years and no playoffs for the Boston Red Sox and their fans was a daunting situation to deal until Thursday night. Excitement filled Fenway Park after the Red Sox 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to clinch their first playoff spot since 2009. Not many fans expected this team to have the kind of success they have had this year but with ownership turning full reins...