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Andy McCullough reports that the Royals have inquired on John Lackey.

It backs up a previous report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. McCullough adds that the Red Sox are "said to be seeking a sizable return." It's not a surprise, given that Lackey has a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The rigthy boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to trading both John Lackey and Jon Lester for the right returns.

It had been clear that they were listening on Lester, but it appears they'd consider dealing Lackey, as well. While Lester is set to hit free agency after the season, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. That obviously makes his value much higher. Lackey is also pitching very well for the second straight season, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings.

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John Lackey allowed just one run and two hits over seven innings Monday in a win over the Blue Jays.

Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco delivered back-to-back doubles in the third. As it turned out, they'd be the only Jays to reach against Lackey. He was at just 76 pitches when he was removed, but the Red Sox were up 14-1 and wanted to get Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow some work (neither had pitched since prior to the All-Star break). Lackey is now 11-6 with a 3.60 ERA.

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John Lackey yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 8-3 win over the Astros.

Lackey was shaky, allowing four hits and five walks while throwing just 67 out of 117 pitches for strikes. Still, he managed to avoid any major damage. His five walks were a season-high and his most since returning from Tommy John surgery. He struck out three batters in the victory and will finish off the first half at 10-6 with a 3.79 ERA and 109/28 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings over 19 starts.

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there has been "lots of interest" in John Lackey.

The Red Sox would understandably prefer to deal Jake Peavy, as he's owed $7 more million this season and will be a free agent this winter, while Lackey is slated to earn just $500,000 in 2015 and has pitched much better than Peavy the last two seasons. The out-of-contention Red Sox will surely consider trading Lackey if they get a great offer, but it would take a lot.

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John Lackey gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles.

The Red Sox won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but Lackey couldn't help them steal the second. He struck out 11 batters but surrendered 10 hits -- including two home runs. Lackey has struggled badly now in three straight starts, though his overall numbers are still good.

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John Lackey struggled, but still walked away with a victory against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over his five innings of work.

Lackey struck out two and walked one on the night. Once again, he was victimized by the long ball in New York, as Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran tagged him for back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. Even with the rough night, he still owns a strong 3.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 95/22 K/BB ratio over 112 innings on the season. He'll look for better results when he takes on the Orioles at home on Saturday.

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John Lackey was blitzed for seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings Monday in a 12-3 loss to the Mariners.

Lackey was coming off his best outing of the year, having shut out the Twins for nine innings with nine strikeouts on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander entered 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA in his last six starts, and 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last seven at Seattle. In other words, this was a great matchup gone terribly awry for fantasy owners. Now 8-5 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, Lackey gets the ball in a big spot next time, squaring off against the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball.

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John Lackey shut out the Twins for nine innings and struck out nine before coming out of a 0-0 game on Wednesday.

It's the second time this year Lackey has gone without allowing a run and come away with a no-decision. The Red Sox did end up winning this one, though; they lost the other one 1-0 to the Rays. Lackey is 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA over his last six starts.

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John Lackey gave up three runs over 6 2/3 innings Friday in a 10-3 win over the Indians.

Lackey surrendered a two-run homer to Carlos Santana in the second inning and an RBI double to Michael Brantley in the third, but he held the Indians off the board the rest of the way. He notched five strikeouts in the victory and now sits at 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 81/18 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 across 14 starts. He'll look for his third straight win when he faces the Twins next week at Fenway Park.