Red Sox’ John Lackey is no stranger to big games

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DETROIT — One of the reasons the Red Sox signed John Lackey to a five-year contract before the 2010 season was his experience in the postseason.

Lackey started 12 postseason games for the Los Angeles Angels from 2002-09, four of them in the American League Championship Series. The Angels were October regulars and Lackey was always near the top of their rotation.

A big game on a brisk October day is one of his specialties. No Red Sox pitcher has more experience in the playoffs than Lackey. It started as a 23-year-old rookie in 2002 when he won twice in the playoffs, including Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

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