When John Lackey signed with the Red Sox before to the 2010 season, he was looking forward to pitching a playoff game at Fenway Park as a member of the home team.
Three managers, assorted pitching coaches, and a reconstructed elbow later, he’ll finally get his chance.
Lackey starts Game 2 of the Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday afternoon. The righthander was 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in the regular season but 6-3, 2.47 in 13 starts at Fenway. That’s why he drew the Game 2 assignment.
“I’m excited about it. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in the postseason, but this is why you play the game,” Lackey said before the Sox beat the Rays, 12-2, in Game 1. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.