Things are looking up

300 miles apart, Lackey and Beckett give reasons for Red Sox fans to renew hope

Updated: July 20, 2010, 8:50 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- This was the split-screen vision of how the Red Sox will remain in contention in the American League East:

-- John Lackey in the Fens, stepping up against the robotic Cliff Lee on a night the Sox desperately needed him to be the Lackey in whom they'd bet a big chunk of their future.

-- Josh Beckett 300 or so miles away in Syracuse, pitching in a minor league game to shear away any lingering doubts that he's ready to end what has been a two-month exile on the ...

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