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Three weeks after he walked off the mound with what appeared to be a serious injury, John Lackey is ready to give it another shot.
The righthander will start against the Houston
Astros at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon having recovered from the
biceps strain that ended his first start of the season on April 6.
“I’ll go until they tell me to stop,” Lackey said Saturday.
Farrell said the Red Sox have an idea of what Lackey can give him. The stress of the outing will factor into that.
Lackey said his biceps feels fine and that he’s eager to get going again.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m hoping for five [innings],” he said.
Globe: John Lackey ready to go again for Sox
I am not sure about any of you, but the return of John Lackey, scares the **** out of me.
If Lackey does go 5 and gives up 4 or less runs, I think we could call that a positive outing. I fear the outcome this afternoon.
On Page 2, Doubront "flipped the switch"
Doubront looked almost unprepared in the first
inning against the Houston Astros, walking three batters and hitting
another. The crowd at Fenway Park grew restless as Doubront allowed two
But Doubront, in his own words, “flipped the switch” and pitched into the seventh inning as the Red Sox won again, 8-4.
The Sox have won four straight and at 17-7 have the best record in baseball. They’re off to their best start since 2002.
Doubront (3-0) allowed three runs on four hits over 6⅔
innings. He walked four — one after the first inning — and
struck out eight. After throwing 31 pitches in the first inning, he
needed only 64 over the next five.
“I don’t know what happened in the first
inning. I was using more of my arm than my body. I was a little
frustrated with what I was doing and thinking too much,” Doubront said.
“But after the first inning I really focused
on the strike zone. I wasn’t thinking of my mechanics at all. Just throw
the ball and get quick outs to go deep in the game. I’m so proud that I
Globe: Felix Doubront pitches Red Sox past Astros
Felix Doubront looked great after breaking out of the funk to start the game. If that was the breakout game he needed, the Sox will have 2 Cy Young worthy starters in Lester and Buchholz, 2 very good starters in Doubront and Dempster (some may think that may be too much praise for those two), and a **** show at the 5 spot.
No matter how you feel about Doubront and the other starters, the Sox are hot and are changing the minds of the nay-Sayers.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Red Sox build on a great start against Astros | Ortiz's 3 RBIs carry Red Sox past the Astros 8-4 | At 17-7, Red Sox continue their hot start | ESPN Boston: Doubront settles down after early trouble | Sox are red-hot, any way you add it up | One step forward, two walks back for Bard | Herald: After rocky start, Felix Doubront 'so proud' to recover in Sox' win | Hot month for homers | Daniel Bard's mechanical problems linger, leaving tenous roster spot with Red Sox