It came as a bit of a surprise to see that John Lackey was positioned ahead of Clay Buchholz in the Red Sox' rotation to start the 2011 regular season, but Terry Francona insists that this is the order that he believes will help the team "win more games."
The manager met with the media on Thursday to describe his reasoning behind the recently announced rotation, and he said that Lackey's preparation this season earned him the No. 2 spot. Lackey came into camp in incredible shape, which impressed Tito, but it's also the righty's preparation for each matchup and opponent that helped him slide into the spot behind Jon Lester.
Francona was quick to mention, however, that as long as pitchers pitch the way they're supposed to, it's not going to matter how they're lined up.
To hear more from the skipper, and to hear his opinion on Jonathan Papelbon's rocky outing on Thursday, check out the video above from NESN Daily.
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