A much-needed win Saturday sets up the opportunity for a series split and a chance to leave Baltimore with the largest lead in the AL East for the Red Sox this season. And on the mound is Jon Lester. Tough to beat that, right?
The Boston Red Sox (42-28) go into today’s game against the Baltimore Orioles (39-30) looking to leave with a 3.5-game lead over the Os, just where they started to begin the series. The New York Yankees (37-31) have lost five straight, but fallen just one game in the standings from 3.0 to 4.0 back. That means a Red Sox win, no matter what the Yanks do, will put Boston 3.5 ahead of second place, the largest lead the Sox will have had this season. Of course, a loss moves Baltimore back to within 1.5 games and gives the Sox their first series loss since May 20-22 (Chicago White Sox).
Lester hopes to turn around his recent struggles and prevent Boston from losing the series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He is 6-3 with a 4.12 ...