John Lackey doesn't mind sitting on the bench - not when he's watching the Red Sox' explosive offense go to work on his behalf.

Some of the Sox' half-innings have lasted quite a while. Last night, Royals lefthander Bruce Chen threw 34 pitches in the bottom of the first, 33 in the second, and 35 in the fourth. Long at-bats, lots of hits, plenty of visits by coaches - it all adds up, and it's all good for the Red Sox.

"I don't think anybody will complain about hanging around watching guys score runs,'' Lackey said with a laugh. "We've got some guys that can really swing. It's fun to watch for sure.