Lackey stays behind in Fort Myers to pitch

Lackey stays behind in Fort Myers to pitch

Lackey stays behind in Fort Myers to pitch
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Despite shaky weather forecasts, Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the 2 1/2-hour drive from Fort Myers, Fla., to play the Blue Jays on Monday.

His battery didn't.

With threats of showers at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Francona left right-hander John Lackey and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind at City of Palms Park. So Lackey's final start of the spring came in somewhat of a simulated game at the Red Sox's complex, where weather held up just enough for Lackey to get his pitches in.

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The 32-year-old, who posted a 3.43 ERA in 21 Grapefruit League innings, threw 74 pitches (47 strikes) in five innings, with Saltalamacchia catching and no defense behind him.

Daniel Bard (13 pitches, 10 strikes) and Jonathan Papelbon (21 pitches, nine strikes) each hurled an inning. Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford got close to 10 at-bats apiece.

"We thought when we left there, it was going to be in the cage because it was pouring," Francona said. "So we probably got more out of it than we expected."

Tony Pena Jr. started against the Blue Jays in Lackey's place.