Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

BOS­TON (AP) — The Bos­ton Red Sox traded right-han­der John Lackey to the St. Louis Car­di­nals for right-han­der Joe Kelly and out­fielder Allen Craig be­fore Thurs­day's dead­line.

The deal leaves the Red Sox with­out their top two starters. Both teams an­nounced the move a few hours af­ter the strug­gling Red Sox said they sent their No. 1 starter, left-han­der Jon Lester, to the Oak­land Ath­let­ics with out­fielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slug­ging out­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and a 2015 draft pick.

The Red Sox also sent cash and mi­nor league left-han­der Cory Lit­trell to St. Louis.

Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in the fourth year of a fiveyear, $82.5 mil­lion deal.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. He has made four starts since be­ing ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list on July 11. Craig is bat­ting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.

Lackey has had two strong sea­sons since be­ing side­lined for all of 2012 af­ter un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery.

He was 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA last year when he pitched his sec­ond World Se­ries-clinch­ing game, al­low­ing one run in 6 2-3 in­nings in a 6-1 win over the Car­di­nals in Game 6. In 2002, he won Game 7 for the Ana­heim An­gels over the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants, a 4-1 vic­tory in which he gave up one run in five in­nings.

The Car­di­nals, in a tight race with the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers and Pitts­burgh Pi­rates in the NL Cen­tral, had ob­tained right-han­der Justin Master­son from the Cleve­land In­di­ans on Wed­nes­day.

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