Red Sox place John Lackey on DL with elbow injury

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With his ERA up to 8.01 after he gave up nine runs in a third straight loss Wednesday, John Lackey was placed on the disabled list Monday due to what the Red Sox are calling a strained right elbow.

Reliever Scott Atchison was called up to take his place.

The Red Sox didn’t immediately announce who would start in Lackey’s place Tuesday against the Orioles, but it figures to be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.  He hasn’t pitched since working in relief during Lackey’s last start, so he’s all ready to go.

As noted last week, Lackey is dealing with some major off-field issues at the moment.  The Red Sox might just be placing him on the DL so that he can get out of the spotlight and go down to the minors to work on the mechnical adjustment he made in a bullpen session over the weekend.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons — the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical.