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John Lackey: Struggles 'overblown'

Updated: February 15, 2011, 10:47 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All things considered, John Lackey contends he pitched pretty well in his first year in a Boston Red Sox uniform last season. For sure.

Certainly better than his critics would have you believe.

"Honestly, I think it was overblown,'' he said Monday about those who measured his season a disappointment. "I'd won 14 games only once in my life. I led the team in quality starts. Whatever. It kind of comes with it.''

And how does he know that it's ...

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