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Instead, in a puzzling rant, he took to task an unidentified member of the media who had texted him 30 minutes before he took the mound, asking about a report concerning his personal life.

“Let me tell you the truth. Thirty minutes before the game, I got a text message on my cellphone from one of you ... somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff,” Lackey said. “And I shouldn't even be standing up here having to deal with this. I'm sitting here listening to music. I don't know who got my phone number, but that's over the line.”

Lackey had just pitched six innings, giving up five hits and four runs (three earned) in Boston’s 7-4 victory. So what ticked Lackey off? A TMZ report that he had filed for divorce Aug. 30 in Texas from his wife, Krista, who is having treatment for breast cancer.

Asked if he found the text distracting, Lackey’s incredulity remained. “This is unbelievable I've got to deal with this.”