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John Lackey’s image rehab takes another step with Red Sox

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey’s tenure with the Red Sox has been anything but popular or even, really, successful.

Expected to stabilize the rotation when he signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in December 2009, Lackey had been anything but a salve for the pitching staff. He complained about run support, appeared irritated at the slightest mistake by a teammate, and wore that glum expression constantly, never endearing himself to this baseball-crazy fan base because of his prickly attitude.

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