Found August 20, 2013 on
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here...
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
His teammates played a game against the Yankees Sunday night that
ended well past midnight. They staggered home after a loss, caught a few
hours of sleep, then flew here in the morning.
Jon Lester was afforded the luxury of flying ahead of the team so he
could get a full night of rest before facing the Giants Monday night.
It worked out well for the lefthander. He pitched one of his best
games of the season, taking a shutout into the ninth inning as the Red
Sox beat the Giants, 7-0, before a crowd of 41,585 at AT&T Park.
With Tampa Bay beating Baltimore, 4-3, the Red Sox maintained a one-game lead in the American League East.
Lester (11-7) scattered six hits, walked two, and struck out three. He threw 115 pitches.
Globe: Jon Lester, Red Sox blank Giants
Lester finally served as the stopper last night and it really couldn't have been better timing. Following an emotional, late game versus the Yankees on Sunday night, the rest of the team had to fly out of Boston at 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning across the country to San Francisco.
Lester, who had already flown in ahead of time, picked his team up. His line: 8.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K on 115 pitches.
The offense was electric as well, posting five runs against the Giants' Tim Lincecum, seven total. Sure Lincecum is pretty screwed up right now, but you never know with this guy.
What's more important is that Tampa won last night, so the Sox maintained their one-game lead atop the AL East. Lester was the Sox ace and stopper last night; something this team has been searching for all season. If Lester has finally flipped the switch, the Red Sox are going far in the playoffs.
Rest of the links:
Globe: With Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox' future looks bright | Globe: Xander Bogaerts promotion gives Red Sox depth | Herald: Jon Lester leads Red Sox over Giants | Herald: Clock beings on Xander Bogaerts Era | Herald: John Farrell defends Ryan Dempster | Herald: Xander Bogaerts a real big deal | Herald: Not sleepless in SF: Red Sox, Lester blank Giants | Herald: Jon Lester aiming to finish the season as he began it for Red Sox | CSNNE.com: Lester showing that Sox can count on him again |
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Red Sox have hit a skid in the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been without a couple of bright spots. One of the most encouraging developments for the club in that time, however, has been the performance of Jon Lester.
Despite Boston’s impressive season atop the American League East standings for much of the year, Lester’s struggles that defined him late in 2011 and for all...
After a late night battle with the Yankees, the Red Sox traveled 3000 miles Monday to San Francisco to take on the Giants.
It would have been understandable if the Sox came out flat, but it looked as if it was the Giants that were jet lagged.
Sox starter Jon Lester (11-7) was dominant, hurling 8 1/3 strong innings, scattering six hits and striking...
It wasn't merely the breeze blowing in from McCovey Cove that gave the feeling of April baseball here last night.
It also was the performance of Jon Lester.
With the Red Sox requiring a pick-me-up after their day-of-game cross-country flight Lester delivered 8-1/3 scoreless innings in a series-opening 7-0 win over the Giants. He retired 16 of the first 18 batters didn't...
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Jon Lester was about as dominant as a Red Sox pitcher has been all year. The lefty tossed 8 1/3 shutout innings at the Giants last night on the way to a 7-0 win over San Francisco. Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava each had three-hit nights—and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew had multi-hit games to spark the offense. The win kept...
Jon Lester tossed eight-plus shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants on Monday (AP photo Chris O'Meara)
Jon Lester was a Giant-killer Monday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, tossing eight-plus effortless innings to lead the Red Sox to a 7-0 interleague shutout over the Giants in the opener of a three-game set in The...
Monday: Boston Red Sox 7, San Francisco Giants 0 Win: Jon Lester (11-7) Loss: Tim Lincecum (6-13) Looking to grab a win following a tough loss on Sunday Night Baseball, the Red Sox started off this West Coast road trip with a bang, in part to the masterful pitching...
The Boston Red Sox left early this morning for a cross-country flight to San Francisco where they begin a six-game West Coast trip against the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sox have lost 7 of their last 10 games and lead the AL East by just a game over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tonight, Jon Lester will try to end their woes when he gets the...
Well that beat last night's debacle, huh?
The Red Sox walloped the Giants in the finale of their three game series 12-1 in an afternoon matchup. Felix Doubront followed Jon Lester's tune from Monday night with another gem. On 114 pitches, Doubront threw eight innings allowing five hits, one walk, and only one earned run (Joaquin Arias solo-shot). The lefty also contributed...
Coming off a late night game and a cross-country flight, it seemed natural that the Red Sox would be a bit sluggish last night in San Francisco. Instead, Jon Lester pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Giants 7-0.
Lester showing that Sox can count on him again – Sean McAdam says that this was the Lester that the Sox need the rest of the way.
Ryan Dempster wants to put Sunday’s A-Rod debacle behind him, serve his suspension and move on. It’s easier said than done.
Alex Rodriguez isn’t going anywhere for now, and until he’s forced to serve a suspension, neither is the circus that accompanies him. Rodriguez is going to be under a microscope for as long as he’s playing, which is something that those in the Red...
All you need to know about last night’s game is that Will Middlebrooks was intentionally walked not once but twice.
In fact, if you slept through the game and woke up unaware of the score, you’d only need to be told that Will Middlebrooks was intentionally walked by a major league pitcher two times and you’d probably be able to figure how things turned out.
I don’t care that...
8:09 p.m.: The Red Sox have made a flurry of roster moves.
The headline grabber is top prospect Xander Bogaerts getting called up to the major league club. To make room for Bogaerts on the active roster, the Red Sox have optioned Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for Bogaerts on the 40-man roster, Clay Buchholz, who has been out since June 8, has been transferred to...