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Lackey on Beltre: 'Dude can play'

Updated: March 17, 2010, 10:20 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The proof that there is some truth in advertising came in the fourth inning, when Alex Cora of the New York Mets whacked a ball that hit Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey in the bottom of the shoe.

The ball rolled to the left of the mound, out of Lackey's reach, as Cora sprinted toward first with a gift base hit. Except, it wasn't. Adrian Beltre entered the frame, barehanded the ball, and fired across his airborne body, the ball arriving with startling velocity ...

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