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Dan Shaughnessy

What’s not to love about John Lackey now?

DETROIT — John Lackey is the poster boy for Team Redemption.

Nobody was more loathed coming into this season. Lackey got blamed for chicken and beer. He got blamed for Theo Epstein’s bloated payroll. He was blamed for the collapse of 2011. He snarled at the media on that night in New York, asking who called his cellphone. Fans wanted him out of town ASAP. Folks didn’t like the way Lackey showed up his fielders and his manager. Nobody liked the results. In 2011, Lackey had the worst season (6.41 ERA) of any Sox starter in history.

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