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Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Red Sox’ John Lackey pitching like an ace again

Box scores are like the Cliffs Notes version of a player’s performance. They don’t always accurately reflect the subtleties or circumstances of a complex novel or a complex game.

The story of John Lackey’s day on the mound on Saturday at Fenway Park could not be told by the numbers next to his name in the box score — 6 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 7 strikeouts, no walks.

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