John Lackey got through his second start of spring training without any physical issues, and he introduced his breaking ball to his repertoire.
That in itself was far more important to the Red Sox and Lackey than the three-run home run he gave up in his second inning of what turned into a 16-6 Red Sox victory over the hapless Pirates.
“I felt good, my arm felt good, good step in the process,” said Lackey. “We added a couple of breaking balls. I threw a couple of good ones, hung a couple. It’s a good step in the right direction.”

Said Sox manager John Farrell: “I thought he had much better fastball command today than five days ago. He mixed three pitches in for strikes today. One breaking ball stayed up in the middle of the plate for him (the home run by Jared Goedert), but I thought today was another progressive step for him.”
Officially, Lackey gave up three hits and three earned runs in his two innings of work, striking out one and walking one.
Lackey is not the type to pay much mind to spring training results, so the fact that he hung a curveball to Goedert looked as if it was not going to cause him to lose any sleep. He was much more concerned, and pleased, with other matters.
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