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BALTIMORE — John Lackey clinched the World Series the last time he started a game, walking off the mound in the seventh inning at Fenway Park to a standing ovation during Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox, cognizant of the extra work he did in the postseason, didn’t have Lackey pitch in spring training until March 11. He threw 18⅔ innings over four starts.
Now Lackey will pitch in a game that counts again when he faced the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. In his last spring training start, on Thursday, Lackey threw 6⅓ scoreless innings against Minnesota, striking out six and allowing only four hits.
“With each outing, he progressed as we could have hoped,” manager John Farrell said.