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Lackey injures arm, leaves early

TORONTO — Red Sox starter John Lackey left with an injured biceps in his first start since September 2011, grabbing his right arm in pain and coming out in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays. He had been impressive, reaching 94 mph and striking out eight.

Lackey, 34, missed last season after elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011. He allowed a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the fourth, then clutched his arm and jumped around in pain after throwing low and inside to Jose Reyes.

What went through his mind? "A year and a half of getting to this point and having to do it again," said Lackey, who will fly to Boston this morning for an MRI exam. The Red Sox host the Rays in a four-game series that starts Friday.

His arm loosened up after icing afterward, and tests didn't indicate any lack of strength.

Strange interference call: An instant after scoring in the seventh, the Marlins' Juan Pierre was called for interference when he collided with Mets C John Buck far from home plate. RF Mike Baxter's throw was 10 feet wide and Buck retrieved the ball toward the first-base side, then was bumped by Pierre as he planted for a throw. Both players fell. "You see something new every day," Pierre said. "It's kind of weird they get rewarded for making a bad throw.''

Wagner card sold: A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card was sold for more than $2.1 million at auction. The T206 card, originally released by the American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770.50 in an online sale, Goldin Auctions said. The price was a record for a card sold at auction. A Wagner card in mint condition brought $2.8 million at a private sale in 2007.

dodgers-rockies trade: Los Angeles parted with one of its surplus starting pitchers, trading Aaron Harang to the Rockies for prospective backup C Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez once made an All-Star team, but that was 10 years ago. The journeyman, 36, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after failing to make the opening-day roster.

Lackey injures arm, leaves early 04/06/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 11:06pm]
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