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Teammates stand behind John Lackey

Updated: July 5, 2011, 11:22 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox entered the 2011 season with what was expected to be one of the most potent starting rotations in baseball.

That strength has been weakened over the first half of the season with significant injuries to Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow), John Lackey (elbow) and Clay Buchholz (back), but the Red Sox remain in a close race with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the American League East.

Matsuzaka recently had Tommy John surgery, ...

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