ST. LOUIS (AP) John Lackey won't be facing his old team in his first start with the St. Louis Cardinals. And he has no problem pitching at a deep discount next season.
Lackey will pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, with Lance Lynn pushed back to start Tuesday night in the opener of an interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals' other trade deadline pickup, Justin Masterson, will make his first start Saturday night.
The Cardinals are anxious to plug in Lackey, who last pitched Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny acknowledged it might have been awkward having him pitch against Boston, but said the biggest factor was fitting in the new acquisition.