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August 31, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN, ON THE ANGELS
John Lackey celebrated the century mark today, with a victory party at the expense of his favorite opponents. The Angels' ace earned his 100th career victory, scattering five hits over eight innings in a 9-1 triumph over the Oakland Athletics. The Angels scored four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the eighth, highlighted by three-run home runs from Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales. Morales' home run was his 30th, making him the first Angel to hit 30 since Vladimir Guerrero in 2006.
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October 30, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - At the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night, the Boston Police Department issued a statement reporting that the bars in the Kenmore Square area were filled and telling people without game tickets to leave the area. The sense of anticipation wasn't lost on a community ready to celebrate the Red Sox's first World Series clinching at Fenway Park since 1918 and completely rid themselves of the pain of a last-place finish in the American League East in 2012. The early celebration was understandable after the Red Sox pounced on rookie Michael Wacha for six runs in the first four innings and relied on the strong pitching of John Lackey to cruise to a 6-1 victory and top the St. Louis Cardinals four games to two in the best-of-seven series.
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October 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- John Lackey did not break camp with the Angels in 2002. They called him up in June, and in October he was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series. That came after 18 regular-season starts. After 305 more, Lackey finally makes another World Series start, this time Thursday for the Boston Red Sox. "You realize how hard it is to get here," Lackey said Wednesday. "It's been 11 years since I've been here. I've been chasing it for a while, and you probably appreciate it more this time than you do as a rookie.
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October 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- No longer does Boston have to fret about all those poor kindergartners who had lived their whole lives without seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. The big deal about how the Red Sox had not won a World Series at home since 1918? Made for TV, and made for Boston. The truly big deal: The Red Sox won the World Series for the third time in a decade. In the last half-century, only four franchises can say they did that: the Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees, and now the Red Sox. What makes the Boston success so fascinating is the extreme makeover.
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July 26, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The stadium where John Lackey helped secure the most momentous victory in Angels history seemed a bit foreign Monday afternoon. Unsure of the location of the visitors' clubhouse, the pitcher entered the field from an opening in right field before descending into the dugout along the first base line. He eventually found his clubhouse locker beneath the stadium and slipped on the gray uniform of the Boston Red Sox. But the right-hander plans on making himself at home again here Tuesday, when he starts against his former team at Angel Stadium for the first time.
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April 7, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna and Kevin Baxter
John Lackey's self-imposed deadline of opening day for a contract extension appears to be fluid, now that an elbow injury has forced the Angels' right-hander to the disabled list. General Manager Tony Reagins says he is open to negotiating during the season, and Lackey, though he didn't address the issue directly, also appears open to further talks. "Opening day is not my opening day anymore," said Lackey, who was shut down two weeks ago because of a forearm strain.
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August 17, 2013 | Times staff
"If it's set up properly, it will be the greatest thing to happen to Major League Baseball. " - Retired umpire Don Denkinger , best known for his blown call in the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals-Kansas City Royals World Series, to Time magazine on the proposed radical expansion of instant replay use. "He took me deep the first time I faced him as a rookie, and he admitted to doing stuff back then. There are a lot of things I want back from him. " - Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey , to the Boston Globe, after complaining that Alex Rodriguez should not be allowed to play while he appeals his suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
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October 17, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The cold weather tonight -- temperatures for Game 1 are expected to be in the low 40s, with a wind-chill of about 30 degrees, could affect the pitchers' ability "to spin the ball," Manager Mike Scioscia said. That could make it difficult for Game 1 starter John Lackey to snap off his curve ball against the Yankees. But otherwise, Scioscia doesn't expect Lackey to be bothered. "John has a great ability to filter out distractions," Scioscia said. "I think that's what the weather is really, a distraction that needs to be filtered out. "You need to bring your game onto the field under any circumstances, whether you're in a visiting ballpark, or you're playing in a little drizzle, or you're playing when it's cold, or you're playing when the guys behind you have missed a couple of plays.
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March 28, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Angels ace John Lackey is expected to open the season on the disabled list after an MRI test revealed inflammation in his throwing elbow, a setback that casts further doubt on a rotation already racked by injury. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that "right now, it's definitely unlikely" Lackey will be ready to pitch the April 6 season opener against Oakland. Ervin Santana, an All-Star in 2008, is expected to miss most of April because of a sprained elbow ligament.
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May 17, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
John Lackey's short game needs a little work. A mere two pitches into his 2009 season, Lackey was tossed off the mound Saturday, a pair of wayward fastballs resulting in a swift and stunning ejection of the Angels' ace in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. Some three hours after Lackey's first pitch sailed behind the head of Ian Kinsler and his second pitch hit Kinsler in the ribs, the Angels were still bewildered by what transpired at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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October 29, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
Even with a resurgent John Lackey starting Wednesday night in hopes of leading the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series-clinching victory at Fenway Park in 95 years, their bullpen could be crowded. "They know the urgency," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "They know what's at stake. It's wonderful that guys are stepping up. " Lackey, with plenty of support from his teammates, could fully celebrate his comeback from reconstructive right elbow surgery with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series.
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October 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- John Lackey did not break camp with the Angels in 2002. They called him up in June, and in October he was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series. That came after 18 regular-season starts. After 305 more, Lackey finally makes another World Series start, this time Thursday for the Boston Red Sox. "You realize how hard it is to get here," Lackey said Wednesday. "It's been 11 years since I've been here. I've been chasing it for a while, and you probably appreciate it more this time than you do as a rookie.
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October 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox are in the World Series, the culmination of a remarkable worst-to-first run. As the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals opened the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park, the minds of the local columnists were on ... Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. It is taken as an article of faith in the Boston media that Gonzalez and Crawford were too soft to succeed with the Red Sox. The players, and their enormous contracts, were traded to the Dodgers last year, and apparently no high-ranking columnist here could preview the World Series without taking a shot at Gonzalez and Crawford.
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August 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It has been awhile since the Dodgers took on a top club. Lately they'd been beating up on the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and, most recently, the green-corn Miami Marlins. But Friday brought the Boston Red Sox to Dodger Stadium, a series Manager Don Mattingly conceded was more of a “heavyweight” battle. It turned out in the opener there were few punches thrown by either team, but ultimately the Red Sox did not fare any better than other recent Dodgers opponents, falling 2-0 before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,240.
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August 19, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The straight line from cheater to victim in baseball's drug world is muddied. It shouldn't be, so let's put the boots on and wade in. John Lackey, the former Angels star pitcher who now toils in Boston with the Red Sox, crossed that bridge a few days ago. With defiance. The Red Sox hate the Yankees, and vice versa. As the teams headed into a key, late-season series, Lackey told reporters the continued presence of Alex Rodriguez in a Yankees uniform, while appealing his 211-day suspension because of new allegations of drug use, did not sit well with him. "I've got a problem with it; you bet I do," Lackey said.
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August 17, 2013 | Times staff
"If it's set up properly, it will be the greatest thing to happen to Major League Baseball. " - Retired umpire Don Denkinger , best known for his blown call in the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals-Kansas City Royals World Series, to Time magazine on the proposed radical expansion of instant replay use. "He took me deep the first time I faced him as a rookie, and he admitted to doing stuff back then. There are a lot of things I want back from him. " - Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey , to the Boston Globe, after complaining that Alex Rodriguez should not be allowed to play while he appeals his suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
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April 24, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Technically speaking, Arte Moreno owns the Angels. But these days, on the field at least, so do the Boston Red Sox. Boston completed a four-game sweep of the Angels on Sunday, beating them 7-0 before 35,107 at Angel Stadium behind a brilliant performance from former Angels ace John Lackey. The Red Sox have taken 13 of 14 from the Angels since the start of the 2010 season and outscored them 20-5 in this series. "Those guys took it to us," said Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, who met with the team after it was shut out for the second consecutive game and told his players to mentally move past the sweep.
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September 6, 2009 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA
It was a marquee pitching matchup that didn't disappoint, a pair of aces bringing out the best in each other but dueling to a draw. Neither Angels right-hander John Lackey nor Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke figured in the decision Saturday night, which was probably fitting, because neither deserved to lose. Not until the 11th inning, after Lackey and Greinke combined to put up 15 zeros and give up two runs, was this one decided. Torii Hunter, who knocked in the tying run with a clutch, two-out, single off Greinke in the eighth, singled to lead off the 11th, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Erick Aybar's two-out single to lift the Angels to a dramatic 2-1 victory in Kauffman Stadium.
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July 6, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three former Angels starters who have had surprisingly strong first halves this season. Bartolo Colon SP | Oakland A Cy Young Award winner with the Angels in 2005, Colon landed on Billy Beane's doorstep in Oakland last season as a journeyman with a history of shoulder woes. The right-hander quickly provided quality starts and veteran leadership to the Athletics' young and talented staff before being handed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
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July 5, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey returned to his locker Friday to find a text message that made him grin wide and respond quickly. Angels ace Jered Weaver may be Lackey's opposing pitcher Sunday night, but the friendship rooted in their past as teammates still runs deep. Lackey was on the short list of friends and family who received the text from Weaver on Friday that his wife, Kristin , had just delivered a baby, Aden David Weaver , 8 pounds, 21 inches long.
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