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Lackey strong but Red Sox fall to Rangers

How many of you watched the Sox score 17 runs on Tuesday and thought they would probably score two on Wednesday? That’s baseball for you.

A few notes from tonight’s game:

• John Lackey deserved a better fate after holding the team with the best record in the AL to one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out five without a walk.

Lackey has a 2.79 earned run average though nine starts. On five occasions this season, he has allowed one earned run or less. Among Red Sox starters, only Clay Buchholz (six times) has done that more often.


“He walks to the mound each time knowing he’s got an opportunity to work deep in the game with low runs allowed,” John Farrell said. “I felt even in the offseason, this is one guy that had a chance to impact our team as much as anyone. Still feel the same and maybe even more so today.”

Said Lackey: “Fastball command was pretty good tonight. Was able to work in and out with my fastball quite a bit. Pretty happy with it for the most part.”

• The Red Sox challenged Will Middlebrooks to go to Triple A and prove himself. Challenge accepted. He was 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run, and five RBIs for Pawtucket against Charlotte on Wednesday. He played seven innings at third base.

Middlebrooks is 3 for 5 with two walks so far.

• The three-day amateur draft starts Thursday with the first two rounds. The Red Sox pick seventh and 45th. General manager Ben Cherington and scouting director Amiel Sawdaye looked a bit haggard during a meeting with reporters. Cherington said team officials have spent 18 hours a day in their draft room for a week ranking players.

“And eating bad food,” he said.

The Sox have their highest pick since picking Trot Nixon seventh in 1993. Projecting their pick is difficult, but the Sox have been linked to outfielders Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows, who attend different high schools in Loganville, Ga.


Cherington, we’re told, was in Lawrenceville last week to meet with Frazier and Meadows.

It is not a particularly deep pool of prospects in New England. The best prospect is outfielder Thomas Milone of Monroe; Conn. Lefthander Steven Hathaway of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire also has attracted scouts.

Northeastern outfielder Aaron Barbosa is considered the top prospect in Massachusetts by Baseball America.

• NESN analyst Jerry Remy has not called a game since May 26 and is not expected to return until next week at the earliest. Remy said last week he was out because of allergies. On Wednesday he wrote on Twitter, “I’ve caught a little pneumonia and it has to run its course. It’s not due to anything else, hope to be back soon.” Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is filling in.

• Triple A outfielder Alex Hassan, who has been out all season recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, has started playing and was assigned to Single A Greenville for rehab.

• Lefthander Franklin Morales is available in the bullpen after starting against the Phillies last Thursday. He could get a start in the day/night doubleheader against the Rays on June 18.

• The Tufts softball team, which won the NCAA Division 3 national championship last month, was recognized on the field before the game. Assistant coach Kim Miner, who works for the Red Sox as a Fenway ambassador, helped arrange the trip.


• The FBI and the American Football Coaches Association recognized Jonny Gomes for donating $25,000 toward the purchase of 12,500 child identification kits for distribution at Fenway and throughout Boston.


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