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John Lackey took to the mound yesterday again Team Puerto Rico and didn't disappoint. In fact, some are claiming that we are witnessing the Lackey from his Angel days.
It’s been almost 18 months since John Lackey has faced a big league
lineup. And, while he has two previous springs training starts on the
books, early spring lineups aren’t usually representative of big league
lineups. Tuesday night, though, Team Puerto Rico gave Lackey a legitimate challenge. One he rose to. “Lackey was outstanding,” said one scout in attendance. “He looks like the old Lackey.” Lackey,
who was not involved in the decision, as the Sox won, 4-3, went three
scoreless innings, giving up three hits and no walks with two strikeouts
in an exhibition, as Puerto Rico prepares for its first World Baseball
Classic game, Friday against Spain in San Juan. Puerto Rico’s lineup
featured several major leaguers including Angel Pagan, Irving Falu, Alex
Rios, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, and former Sox shortstop Mike
Aviles.“I felt really good tonight,” Lackey said. “It was a
really good day in the process. I feel like my arm strength’s getting
better. Feel’s getting better each time out. So, happy with the
direction we’re going.
CSNNE.com: Lackey impressive in three shutout innings for Sox
Lackey was not opposing non-roster invites at the plate yesterday. These were established MLB veterans in Aviles, Beltran, Molina, Rios, and Pagan. He was up to that challenge, seeing that he cranked his velocity up to 92 mph (a spring training high for Lackey).
I know it's early, but we may be looking at one of the better stories of the 2013 Red Sox developing right in front of our eyes.
It began with Lackey showing up in miraculous shape, turning many heads. Right out of the gate, he had displayed improved control and command of his pitches. Now, it's translating to games versus legit major leaguers.
Red Sox nation despised Lackey for his beer-drinking, out-of-shape, horrid performances and antics on the mound during his first few seasons in Boston. With his turnaround and his "wake up moment", Lackey could develop into a fan favorite.
I know it's only Spring Training, but Lackey really does look like his old self. That's not the Red Sox marketing department pumping up this season either. That's coming from many scouts and reporters.
Call me crazy, but if Lackey continues this upward trend, he may be the Red Sox second best starter over Buchholz.
Rest of the Links: Globe: Andrew Miller cuts down hitter but doesn’t cut his hair | Globe: Jackie Bradley Jr. catching fly balls, eyeballs | Herald: Trivia answer: Mike Aviles | Herald: John Lackey gets real | ESPNBoston.com: Sox safely under luxury tax threshold | ESPNBoston.com: Farrell: No rush to get Ortiz in lineup
BEST OF MAXIM
Prepare yourself Red Sox Nation John Lackey has had a great start already this spring training. On Tuesday against the Puerto Rico team Lackey threw 3 shutout innings to start the game. He struck out 2 and only gave up 3 hits in his outing. Lackey is performing well seeing as this is his third start back from Tommy John surgery. When asked about the outing he said I felt really good...
CAN'T LET IT GO
New Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford continues to comment on his time with the Red Sox, saying "That media was the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life."
The Red Sox hoped David Ortiz would wake up today and pass his medical staff's running exam. While he did some light jogging, Ortiz mentioned that he still felt some pain associated with his lower leg. How did he feel?
I don’t think I can play like that.If it gets better and it doesn’t bother me that much, yes, I’ll probably be able to deal with it.
The next logical question...
8 a.m. ET: If you’re not yet on board with the World Baseball Classic, well, it’s time to hop on.
Yes, there are some inherent problems with the tournament’s setup, and, as a certain live blogger recently noted, the rosters aren’t nearly as exciting as they could be. However, so far the Classic has produced some great moments, namely Team Brazil surprising its way into the...
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While the Red Sox take care of business on the field it’s been hilarious to watch them off it. Here’s a video of the Red Sox having a little
fun with their photo day down in Fort Myers, and why not? It’s all about having a
relaxed, fun and interesting clubhouse culture or as some would say the “Anti-Bobby...
Ryan Westmoreland has reached the end of his baseball road, adding the latest chapter to one of the saddest stories in recent Red Sox history.
The former Sox prospect announced his retirement Wednesday in an email to several media members, according to the Providence Journal.
“With a clear mind and heart, as well as the unwavering support and friendship of my family, friends, agent...
Outfielder Ryan Westmoreland, a Rhode Island native once considered the top prospect in the Red Sox organization, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday.
Westmoreland, 22, has undergone two brain surgeries in the last three years (his most recent came last July) to correct a cavernous malformation.
In a pretty heartbreaking email sent to sent to several media outlets...
Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Drake Britton was arrested over the weekend for DUI, reckless driving and property damage- all misdemeanors.
At 4:42AM Saturday morning...
And what is it the HQ continually says about things happening after 1AM...???
He was released 8 hours later on $2,250 bond and is due in court on the 18th.
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald got to...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer for Boston, Clay Buchholz overcame leg soreness to pitch three scoreless innings and the Red Sox beat a split squad of Minnesota Twins 12-5 on Thursday.
Buchholz, who aggravated a hamstring muscle on the first day of spring training, struck out four with two hits and no walks in his second preseason start. Reliever Daniel...
The Red Sox do not have a scheduled Grapefruit League game tonight, but they will be playing an exhibition against null Team Puerto Rico at JetBlue Park. This means that old friend Mike Aviles will get to play against his former teammates, and John Farrell, the manager who he was traded for back in October. Aviles and Will Middlebrooks seemed excited for the showdown:
The Red Sox’ bullpen is expected to be one of the team’s strengths this season, but don’t say the Sox have too many arms down there.
Craig Breslow, who arrived at spring training with weakness in his left shoulder, is likely to start the season on the disabled list, according to manager John Farrell.
Breslow recently started throwing on flat ground, but he hasn’t thrown off...
After falling to Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, the Boston Red Sox make the short trip across Ft. Myers for Game 2 of the Mayor's Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
There is no television or radio for the game in the Boston area. However, if you have the MLB At-Bat app or GameDay audio, you can listen to the Twins radio broadcast.
This is isn’t necessarily a sports story more or less but a story of life here and now. It happens way too often, in my town, your town in everytown. If you don’t believe me, read your police blog in your local paper, every day, or every week. This story was in the sport section but again could easliy be in your local section of the newspaper. I took this striaght from the sports...
Tom Borland, the MVP of the 1955 College World Series who later briefly pitched for the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 80.
Oklahoma State said Borland died during the weekend.
Borland was a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State, during its College World Series appearances in 1954 and 1955. He went 19-2 with 271 strikeouts at the school. He was 11...