Lackey's struggles continue, at worst possible time


Lackey's struggles continue, at worst possible time

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Lackey left Friday's game after three innings when he was struck on the left calf on a hard comebacker by Tampa Bay catcher John Jaso.

But Lackey might have been close to leaving anyway, having been lit up for five runs while needing 69 pitches to record the game's first nine outs.

"I could keep going back out there,'' said Lackey after the Sox lost to Tampa, 7-2. "But obviously I wasn't pitching very well and I wasn't helping out much, anyway.''

Lackey mislocated on a fastball down-and-in to Jaso in the second and Jaso drilled it for a three-run homer. In the third, he retired the first two hitters he faced, then allowed the next five hitters to reach, accounting for two more runs.

"I don't know, man . . . just didn't work out,'' said Lackey, who dropped to 12-12 while his ERA soared to 6.30.

Lackey has now lost three straight starts and has given up 15 runs in those three outings. At a time of year when the Sox need quality starts, Lackey seems incapable of providing them.

"I'm going to keep grinding and see what happens,'' said Lackey. "It's not fun. There is definitely some frustration. I kind of want to go bang my head against a wall. I just have to keep working at it. I'm doing everything I can, it's just not working out.''

It's unclear whether the calf contusion is going to cost him any time before his next start. Tentatively, the Sox had him slated to start Wednesday against Toronto at Fenway.

"The ball caught all flesh,'' said Terry Francona, "so that, in the big scheme of things, is good. It's sore. He got hit hard. They've got compression and ice on it and everything, so hopefully, he'll show up Saturday and it will subside enough so that he can make his next start. We'll keep an eye on him.''

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory


Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer


Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.

In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.

"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.

The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.

Watch the video in the tweet below.