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John Lackey to start after Jon Lester

Updated: March 17, 2011, 7:38 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It means something, John Lackey said, to be named the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, as Jon Lester was. Drawing the second start, as Lackey did, not so much.

"The Opening Day thing is a big deal,'' Lackey said. "Jonny deserves that, absolutely. I think all of us would say that. But after that, we just fall in line and hopefully not drop the baton.''

Lackey wasn't aware, he said, that his slot in the rotation puts him on track to pitch ...

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