John Lackey Believes Boston is Best Place for Him, Helped Recruit Mike Napoli (Video)

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It’s no secret that John Lackey hasn’t performed up to expectations with the Red Sox. However, the big right-hander isn’t backing down from the challenge of reestablishing himself in Boston’s baseball hotbed.

Lackey showed up early to Fort Myers, now 16 months removed from Tommy John surgery. He was photographed on Tuesday already working off a mound alongside Daniel Bard and Jon Lester, and the early reports on Lackey are encouraging. Not only do his mechanics look better, but the 34-year-old is said to be throwing free and easy in the ‘pen.

Check out Peter Abraham talking Lackey live from Florida in the video above.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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