John Lackey lacking execution

Pitcher allows Athletics to take control as Red Sox fall again at Oakland

Updated: September 12, 2010, 2:29 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's all about execution, Boston Red Sox pitchers repeat over and over, a mantra they inherited from Josh Beckett and have reinforced daily by pitching coach John Farrell.

The meaning, for those the least bit uncertain, is spelled out this way on Dictionary.com:

1. The act or process of executing.

2. The state or fact of being executed.

Regrettably for Sox pitcher John Lackey, he's opted for curtain No. 2 far too often this season.

Like Saturday ...

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