Even Without Best Stuff, John Lackey Competes Against Toronto

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Even Without Best Stuff, John Lackey Competes Against Toronto Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke about his squad’s 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night, and starter John Lackey‘s struggles were the focus.

“[He] was struggling to find his command,” Francona said. “He reeled it in and competed without his best stuff [on Monday] and got us deep enough where our guys in the bullpen could do their job.”

The offense didn’t have to do much swinging to put four runs on the board early, as Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow walked six batters in just 1 2/3 innings.

“Something to be said for patience,” Francona said. “We didn’t go out of the zone and we got runs because of it.”

The discussion then shifted to J.D. Drew, and Tito noted that the right-fielder — a late scratch for the game — looked like he had just gotten off a boat before the game. That’s how bad his vertigo was.

Click on the video to hear more, including an update on Mike Cameron‘s rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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