July 26, 2010 |
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.
April 7, 2009 |
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.
September 6, 2009 |
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.
August 17, 2013 |
"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.
October 17, 2009 |
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.
May 17, 2009 |
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.