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Red Sox issue statement on John Lackey 09.26.11 at 5:36 pm ET
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One day after John Lackey lashed out at the media regarding a text message he’d received regarding a personal matter, the Red Sox issued a statement on the pitcher pitcher John Lackey amidst reports that he has filed for divorce from his wife.

The statement reads as follows:

“John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate. The Red Sox request that John and Krista’€™s privacy be respected.

The Red Sox will not have any further comment.’€

Krista Lackey has been battling breast cancer since being diagnosed prior to last Thanksgiving.

Live Blog: Jon Lester, Red Sox look to find answers in Yankee Stadium 09.23.11 at 5:12 pm ET
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Live Blog: Red Sox, Lackey look to rebound against O’s in Game 2 09.19.11 at 7:00 pm ET
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Red Sox vs. Rays Live Blog, Sept. 16 09.16.11 at 6:34 pm ET
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Hear the footsteps?

The Rays are back within three games of the Red Sox in the wild card race after Thursday’s one-sided 9-2 victory at Fenway Park. The two teams go back at it with the leaders of their respective pitching staffs, as Sox starter Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.49) returns to the mound against Rays starter James Shields (15-10, 2.70), who is finally living up to that “Big Game” moniker that had proven so puzzling for so many years. Shields is 2-2 against the Sox this year, but with a 2.87 ERA, two complete games and another contest in which he pitched into the ninth inning. Beckett, meanwhile, has been singularly dominant against the Rays, having allowed just two hits and no runs in 17 innings against Tampa Bay in two starts this year.

The stakes are huge. The Rays could move to within two games of the Sox with a win, which would be their closest position to a playoff spot since they were 1 1/2 games behind the Sox for the wild card on June 30. The Sox, meanwhile, could claim some significant breathing room with a win, knowing that they would emerge from the four-game series with no worse than a two-game lead.

On a crisp night, there is an October texture to the proceedings. To keep up with all the latest news, analysis and updates from Fenway, join the Live Blog, below.

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Who knew David Ortiz could sing? 09.13.11 at 9:23 am ET
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Red Sox live chat with Rob Bradford at noon 09.12.11 at 10:44 am ET
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Live Blog: Red Sox, Kyle Weiland take on Rays, Jeremy Hellickson 09.10.11 at 7:11 pm ET
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Red Sox at Rays Live Blog, Sept. 9 09.09.11 at 6:35 pm ET
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The Red Sox still own a 6 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card over the Rays, but after they lost three of four, the Sox find their position for October slightly less certain, particularly with seven games remaining against Tampa Bay. That could elevate the importance of the three games this weekend in Tampa Bay, including tonight’s contest, which will feature Sox starter John Lackey on the hill against Rays starter Wade Davis.

For the latest news, analysis and updates from the game, join the WEEI.com live blog, below.

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Live Blog: Red Sox, Blue Jays finish off their series at Rogers Centre 09.08.11 at 7:04 pm ET
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Live Blog: Red Sox try to get Tim Wakefield win No. 200 09.07.11 at 7:15 pm ET
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