ANAHEIM, Calif. — This was John Lackey following the fourth, and final, game of the 2008 American League Division Series.



The legend of Daniel Bard was born three years ago at this time. A first-round pick in the 2006 draft, Bard made his professional debut in the Florida Instructional League. And there, the young pitcher made heads turn.



The 2009 regular season is now in the books, meaning that it’s time to fling some hardware — or at least to pretend to fling it, since no one on our panel of esteemed WEEI.com staffers is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.



If power pitchers thrive in October, then no one is better positioned than the Red Sox to make hay in the postseason.



In all likelihood, when the Division Series against the Angels opens this week, Jon Lester will be the Game 1 starter for the second straight season.



A group of reporters converged on Alex Gonzalez prior to Saturday's game. He had been hit on the wrist by a pitch the night before and the media was eager for an update. The shortstop was nonchalant as he explained there was no fracture and hoped to miss just one game.



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Here are five things we learned from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Indians, Friday night, at Fenway Park:

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Friday night might be the night for Billy Wagner. It might be the game he creeps closer to feeling a bit more like his old self.



In the final two months of 2008, Jason Bay had to answer question after question.



The Red Sox have always been a big-picture team, and so it comes as little surprise that team officials were frank in their assessment of the rest of the regular season.