JOHN LACKEY

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BOSTON — The Sox elected to go with righthanded-hitting Jonny Gomes in left over switch-hitting Daniel Nava, despite the presence of righty Masahiro Tanaka.     

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BOSTON -- Forget their average with runners in scoring position, or their on-base percentage from the leadoff spot.

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox had trouble retiring hitters they should have handled and paid for it.

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Jon Lester and the Red Sox 'pushed the pause button' on new contract talks until the end of the season. On Saturday, reports emerged of the Red Sox' offer of a four-year deal in the area of $70 mi

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In his first two starts, John Lackey was sharp, poised, in control. 

"He had pitched very well in those first two outings," says CSNNE Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam. 

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