Found September 16, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
TORONTO - Jon Lester was superb through the first six innings on Sunday, allowing the Toronto Blue Jays just one hit. But after getting two outs in the seventh inning, things unraveled for the Boston Red Sox left-hander. He gave up three hits, including a run-scoring single by Omar Vizquel and a two-run homer by Adeiny Hechavarria, and the Blue Jays went on for a 5-0 victory to avoid a three-game sweep before 21,698 at Rogers Centre. "I just left a curveball middle-up," Lester said. "Vizquel has been around for a long time and didn't try to do too much with it and got a base knock. "Next pitch, right back to executing, did what I had to do and [Hechavarria] put a better swing on it. It's baseball. You make a great pitch, they hit it. You make a pitch right down the middle, they hit it right to somebody. It's just the way it goes sometimes." Lester (9-12) was done for the day after seven innings. He allowed four hits, one walk and thr...

Recap: Ellsbury carries offense, leads Sox to a 5-2 victory

Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two run home run in the sixth and even more cushion with an RBI single in the seventh to help give the Sox a 5-2 victory. Ellsbury finished the game going 3-for-5 and held down the fort for the offense as Loney & pinch hitting Mauro Gomez were the only other Sox to get a hit. Thankfully the Sox managed to get four walks from Rays pitching.  Aaron...

David Ortiz Expected Back Next Season After Payroll-Clearing Trade as Red Sox Plan to Build Through Young Talent

The Red Sox are headed toward their first losing season since 1997. From here on out, they have been confined to playing spoiler to the remaining teams on the schedule: the Rays, Orioles and Yankees. The September roster is certainly not what Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine envisioned when he arrived, yet the Sox are still out there fighting for every win. Let's take a look at...

Pedroia returns to Red Sox after birth of son

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox lineup Saturday after missing two games for the birth of his second son. Pedroia flew into Toronto late Friday night and was back in the lineup Saturday, batting third against the Blue Jays. The three-time All Star and 2008 AL MVP left Wednesday's loss to the Yankees after six innings when his wife went into labor. He was...

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run home run, Omar Vizquel had two hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Yan Gomes grounded a two-out single up the middle against Jon Lester (9-12), just the second hit for the Blue Jays. Rajai Davis came on as a pinch runner and...

Yunel Escobar Wants You to Hate Him Too!

After the Atlanta Braves traded Yunel Escobar to the Toronto Blue Jays, speculation was that the deal was made because no one on the team liked him...not because of what he brought to the field.Well, more than two years later, the shortstop apparently wants everyone to despise him.As Craig Calcaterra over at HardballTalk writes:Caught by Jays fan @james_in_to and featured over at...

Joe Castiglione Honored for Thirty Years Broadcasting the Red Sox, Hopes for Many More (Video)

The long time radio voice of the Red Sox got his due this week. On Wednesday, the Red Sox held a celebration prior to their game against the Yankees to honor Joe Castiglione for thirty years in the booth. Former broadcast partner Jerry Trupiano and NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo were among those present to honor Castiglione. The WEEI broadcaster was looking ahead during the ceremony...

Jose Iglesias Reacts to Bobby Valentine's Decision to Pinch Hit in Middle of At Bat (Video)

We're still left with more questions than answers following Bobby Valentine's bizarre decision to pinch hit for Jose Iglesias in the middle of an at bat. Iglesias spoke to the media following the game and told them there were no plans in place prior to his plate appearance for him to be lifted. To see the full story on the at bat, check it out here. Watch Iglesias' full...

John Lackey and Redemption

John Lackey. The very name has become a symbol to Red Sox fans, a symbol of the dark pall that has overtaken the once-beloved team. I myself have been guilty of it. When writing about a possible Sox pitching prospect, I referred to the hurler's ERA as "Lackeyesque".; Of course, it wasn't always that way. When Lackey was signed as a free agent by Boston in December...

Bobby Valentine Clarifies 'Weak Roster' Comment, Says Players Still Working Hard (Video)

The Red Sox might not have a star-filled lineup anymore, but those on the scorecard are still playing their hardest. Bobby Valentine recently suggested that the Red Sox' September roster was one of the weakest in the history of baseball. On Sunday, he clarified those comments by saying that several players have been injured and that there just isn't much depth. He made sure...

Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Cook Combine to Break Up Alex Cobb's No-Hitter With Time-Honored Moves (Video)

If a pitcher is going to throw a no-hitter, he's going to need a couple of things to go his way. Alex Cobb was doing his best to get one on Monday, but Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run home run in the sixth inning quickly put an end to that idea and ensured that Cobb didn't catch the breaks he needed. As NESN Nation's Dan Duquette points out, however, Red Sox starter Aaron...

Red Sox 5, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday and assured their first losing season since 1997, the Boston Red Sox pulled the Tampa Bay Rays closer to their own long, frustrating offseason on Monday at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox did not get a hit through the first 5 2/3 innings, but they rallied in the sixth and seventh innings to down the reeling Rays...

Red Sox 81st Loss Ends Historic Streak; Boston Heads to Tampa in Control of AL East Destiny

Boston took two of three from the Blue Jays in Toronto over the weekend, but the one loss was enough to leave them in last place at 66-81, one game back of the Jays (66-79).  The Red Sox 81st loss of the season guarantees that for the first time since 1997 the club will fail [...]

Red Sox Lineup vs the Jays 9/16/12

Podsednik LF Pedroia 2B Ellsbury CF Ross RF Loney 1B Saltalamacchia DH Lavarnway C Ciriaco 3B Iglesias SS Lester SP
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