Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey left Friday's game against the Rays after the third inning due to a bruised left calf. He was hit by John Jaso's two-out liner, but recovered to throw the Rays' catcher out at first base.
Joe McDonald, a native Rhode Islander, joined ESPNBoston.com as a Bruins and Red Sox reporter in February 2010. He worked at the Providence Journal for 18 years and covered the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, PawSox and Providence Bruins. He's a three-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's state Sportswriter of the Year for Rhode Island. Follow him on Twitter here.