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Lackey pitched big in jams

Boston Red Sox's John Lackey pitches in the

Boston Red Sox's John Lackey pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (Aug. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The Yankees had a shot to put a big number on John Lackey in the fifth when Francisco Cervelli singled, Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch and Derek Jeter singled home Cervelli. But Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira struck out and Robinson Cano grounded out to end the inning with the Yankees trailing 7-3.

“He got out of a big jam,’’ Teixeira said of Lackey, who also faced a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the fourth and got Nick Swisher to hit into a double play. “He’s one of those guys who doesn’t give in.’’

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