Lackey a wild card in Boston 

February, 6, 2013
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If the Boston Red Sox plan on playing October baseball, they will need improvement from up and down a rotation that ranked 27th in starter’s ERA last season at 5.19 ERA.

We know ace Jon Lester needs a bounce-back season and free agent signee Ryan Dempster needs to contribute immediately, but a wild card in the equation is John Lackey, who missed last season following Tommy John surgery, but now is in “the best condition he has been in in years,” writes Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.