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John Lackey in control of Orioles in first start of 2014

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BALTIMORE — Before Red Sox starter John Lackey stepped on the mound Wednesday night, catcher A.J. Pierzynski wanted to chat to get a feel for how Lackey wanted to approach the Orioles’ lineup.

But Pierzynski already had an idea of what Lackey wanted to do.

“We had talked about a lot of things,” Pierzynski said. “But one thing I’ve known from facing John, he likes to throw his fastball. He’s not afraid to throw his fastball.”

There wasn’t much thinking involved in the first three innings of Lackey’s six-inning outing in the Red Sox’ 6-2 win. Just heavy doses of the most lethal pitch in his arsenal.

“A bunch of heaters, man,” Lackey said. “Played a little country hardball.”

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