Feeling healthy, Lackey turning season around

Feeling healthy, Lackey turning season around ');relatedMediaItem.appendTo('#article_media_related ul');}}}function collapsePlayer(){$("#article_flv_player").css({"width":"1px","height":"1px","background-color":"none"});}function playVideo(vFile) {// track clickbam.tracking.track({async:{isDynamic : false, compName : "Embedded Article Page Video", compActivity : "Article Main Video Click", actionGen : true}});$("#article_flv_player").css({"width":"640px","height":"360px","background-color":"#000000","text-align":"center"});var vurl, vcontent_id, vduration;vurl = 'http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2011/08/23/mlbtv_bostex_18370625_1200K.mp4';vcontent_id = '18370625';vduration = '00:00:20';/* if (bam.env && bam.env.client && bam.env.client.isIPad) */articleFlvPlayer.startPlaylist([{type:"video", path:vurl, content_id:vcontent_id, duration: bam.media.getDurationInSeconds(vduration)}]);// track playback startbam.tracking.track({async_media:{mediaID : vcontent_id+"|FLASH_1000K_640X360",playerType : "Flash",playerContext : "Embedded Article Player",playerFlavor : "MLB Article",contextVersion : "3.0",streamType : "Progressive Download",bitRate : "1000K"}});return false;}var articleFlvPlayer = new bam.FlvPlayer({skin : "/flash/video/y2010/mlb_article_page2010.swf",hideControls: false,self: "articleFlvPlayer",elemId: "flashPlayer",height: 360,width: 640,containerId: "article_flv_player",playerContext: "Embedded Article Player",defaultVolume: 35,autoPlay: false,onPlayerLoaded : function(){bam.tracking.track({async:{isDynamic : false, compName : "Embedded Article Page Video", compActivity : "Embedded Article Video Impression", actionGen : false}});},onCollapse : function(){collapsePlayer();},onPlaylistComplete: function(){collapsePlayer();bam.tracking.track({videoComplete:{playerContext:"Embedded Article Player"}});}});$(function(){$('#article_media_thumb').html('');$('#article_media_headline').html(medi! aMeta.he adline);if (mediaMeta.duration!='00:00:00') {$('#article_media_duration').html(mediaMeta.duration);}$('#article_media_bigBlurb').html(mediaMeta.bigBlurb);loadKeywords(mediaMeta);if ($('#article_media_placement').length) {$('#article_media').nextUntil('#article_media_placement').insertBefore($('#article_media'));} else {$('#article_body p:lt(3)').insertBefore($('#article_media'));}//$('#article_media.embedded_video').css({"width":"640px","float":"none"});$('#article_media.embedded_video').animate({height:360,opacity:1},{duration:2000});});');relatedMediaItem.appendTo('#article_media_related_list');});}});}ARLINGTON -- Go back to the beginning of July, as well as John Lackey's season was shaping up as a total loss. The right-hander wasn't just struggling, he was getting shelled on a fairly regular basis.But the veteran has rebounded in a big way as well as has been one of Boston's most consistent starters of late. In his final nine starts, Lackey is 7-1 with a 4.11 ERA.Yes, he has been blessed with a lot of run support, as well as the numbers haven't exactly been dazzling. But at a time when other starters have gone down with injuries, Lackey has been keeping his team in just about every game he pitches.The latest was Tuesday night, when he dismissed 6 2/3 innings in beating one of the toughest offenses in baseball, the Texas Rangers, 11-5.Lackey scattered seven hits as well as four runs, walking three as well as striking out five."I felt pretty good," Lackey said. "My stuff's been feeling good the final month or so as well as this is a tough place to pitch. To get away with a win is nice."Clay Buchholz hasn't thrown a pitch for the Red Sox since June 16. Daisuke Matsuzaka's season ended on May 16. That has made it all the more important for Lackey to get back on track."Huge," said manager Terry Francona. "The consistency. When you know what you're going to get, it's been great. This is Lackey. It took us a while, but again, his ERA is higher, as well as it will probably be that way. But it doesn't mean we! don't h ave the pitcher we want."There is a clear bounce in Lackey's step these days. After making a nice defensive play as well as starting a 1-4-3 double play to end the sixth inning, Lackey pumped his fist.He has always been a better pitcher the second half of the season, as well as has a reputation of coming up big in October."Beyond [the regular season] is a lot of fun," Lackey said. "But you can't get too far ahead of yourself. I'm feeling pretty good right now. Just stay grinding. Get my workouts in as well as whenever it's my time to start, get out there as well as get after it."


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