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John Lackey all anchor, no rancor

Much-maligned and oft-injured Sox righty is turning naysayers into believers

Updated: June 26, 2013, 10:24 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In retrospect, 3½ years after the winter news conference at Fenway Park to introduce John Lackey as the Red Sox's big free-agent prize, Theo Epstein got it half right.

As he has shown us now start in and start out since the beginning of the season, Lackey really is the kind of pitcher who can anchor a rotation, just as he did with the Angels and just as Epstein said he could here. The latest evidence came in Wednesday's 12-whiff, no-walk performance against the Colorado Rockies, ...

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