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Lester first up for Red Sox in playoffs
Farrell said he took into consideration what Lackey had accomplished at Fenway Park. In 13 home starts covering 91 innings, Lackey is 6-3 with an ERA of 2.47. Opponents are hitting just .232 against him.
Lackey pitched twice in Tampa Bay this season and didn’t fare well. In a 5-3 loss on May 14, Lackey lasted 4-1/3-innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs. He walked one and fanned three. On June 10 in a no decision outing, Lackey pitched 5-2/3-innings, allowing 10 hits including two homers. He walked one, fanned two and was charged with four earned runs. The Red Sox won that game, 10-8.
In the post-season, Lackey has appeared in nine total series, all with the Angels.In 14 post-season games including 12 starts, Lackey has allowed 75 hits, four homers, 29 walks and 29 earned runs in 78 innings. He has struck out 53 batters and his playoff ERA is 3.12.Lester finished strong this season, posting a 7-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 13 starts after the All-Star break. He closed the season with a 15-8 overall record and a 3.75 ERA.
Buchholz told WEEI “I’ll pitch whenever they want me to. It’s the first game on the road. The last couple of years, I’ve felt comfortable on the road. Obviously I’d like to pitch in front of the fans here (at home) but you’ve got to win in both places anyway. Hopefully we can do well in these first two games here and take it from there.”
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