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Just when it looked like Jon Lester was back on track after two wins to close out July, he took a giant leap back against the Diamondbacks last Friday. Lester allowed six runs on 11 hits against Arizona in four 1/3 innings of work. He didn’t factor in the decision, though, as Boston was able to come back despite being down late. Lester’s ERA is now up to 4.52, while his record remains at 10-6. It won’t get any easier for Lester on Thursday night, as he will have to face a surprising Royals team in the American League Central. Kansas City has gone 8-2 over its last 10 games, and it currently sits five games out of the last Wild Card spot. The Royals will send left-hander Bruce Chen to the mound to face Boston on Thursday. Chen began the year in the bullpen, but he has started in each of his last four appearances. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA over those four starts, and 4-0 overall. Chen will face a very different Boston lineup than usual on Thursday, as David Ortiz will start the night ...

Preview: Royals open four-game home series against Boston

Jon Lester doesn't seem overly concerned about his last outing. The Boston left-hander, though, should be worried about the Kansas City Royals -- even if he has been at his best against them. Lester and the AL East-leading Red Sox continue their 10-game trip Thursday night against a Royals team going for a 14th win in 16 tries. After yielding two total runs while winning his...

David Ortiz holds baby during National Anthem

Your browser does not support iframes. Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (a.k.a. "Big Papi") did not play in Thursday's game, but was dressed in uniform and actually held a fan's baby during the National Anthem before the game. Ortiz has apparently calmed down after his raging outburst where he smashed a Camden Yards dugout phone with his bat late last month...

Jon Lester Shows Plenty of Fight, Keeps Grinding in Solid Effort Despite Loss to Royals

If only mulligans were part of baseball. Just as one bad hole can ruin a golfer’s entire round, one bad inning can mean the difference between winning and losing for a starting pitcher. Just ask Jon Lester. The Royals eventually locked up a 5-1 victory Thursday, as Boston’s bats couldn’t solve Bruce Chen, who tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings before handing the keys over to Luke...

A longstanding juicehead, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz remains one of the ‘bad people trying to do stupid things’ in baseball

Speaking with WEEI on Tuesday, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz continues to deny cheating and remains baffled by how he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Currently hitting .326 with 21 homers and 73 RBI in 356 at bats, Ortiz was identified in 2009 by The New York Times as one of approximately 100 ballplayers pinched for doping last decade. “A lot of things...

David Ortiz Holds Baby During National Anthem in Kansas City, Results In Heart-Melting Photo

David Ortiz is a very loving man, unless, of course, you’re a dugout telephone. He proved that again Thursday night in Kansas City. Prior to the Red Sox’ game with the Kansas City Royals, Ortiz ended up with a baby in his arms. It wasn’t his baby, but there was a baby in his arms nonetheless. The baby remained in his arms as the national anthem started, so Ortiz did what any...

Jon Lester Grinds Through Seven Innings, But Red Sox Can’t Solve Bruce Chen in Loss (Video)

Jon Lester turned in an all-around solid pitching performance Thursday night in Kansas City, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. Lester bounced back nicely after getting rocked by Arizona last Friday, but the Boston batting order was silenced by Red Sox alum Bruce Chen, who pitched 7 2/3 scoreless frames in a 5-1 win for the Royals. Kansas City has been arguably...

David Ortiz holds Red Sox fan’s baby during National Anthem (video)

As we all know, “Papi” means “Daddy” in English, so “Big Papi” David Ortiz demonstrated that it’s more than just a clever moniker when he took a BoSox fan’s baby from the dad and held the little bundle of joy during the performance of the National Anthem before the Boston Red Sox-Kansas City Royals game […]The post David Ortiz holds Red Sox fan’s baby during National...

David Ortiz holds fan’s baby during National Anthem (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. David Ortiz created a memorable moment for a Boston Red Sox who was at Kauffman Stadium to watch his team take on the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Prior to the start of the game, a gentleman asked Ortiz if he would mind taking a picture while holding [...]

David Ortiz enjoys National Anthem with little Red Sox fan

David Ortiz enjoyed the National Anthem on Thursday night with a baby. Not his baby, rather one who had come to see Ortiz and the Red Sox play in Kansas City. Ortiz seemed pretty comfortable out there with the baby but then again when you are ‘Big Papi’ how can you not be cool around kids?

Recap: Red Sox no match for surging Royals, lose 5-1

The Royals continued their recent tear with a commanding 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Kansas City jumped out to an early lead due to a sloppy 1st inning from Boston. Jon Lester threw a whopping 46 pitches and managed to escape with just three runs given up. The weak performance in the inning was aided by a horrendous display of outfield defense by the inimitable Jonny Gomes. On a routine...

Big Papi holds little toddler during National Anthem

When he's not wreaking havoc on opposing pitchers or dugout telephones, David Ortiz can be quite the gentle giant he's always described as. Case in point.  Last night, during a cute moment before Thursday's Boston Red Sox game in which Big Papi was signing an autograph for a fan, who then asked Ortiz to pose for a picture with his baby. That's when Ortiz took...

Chen out-pitches Lester as Royals keep rolling in 5-1 win over Boston

Ready to believe yet? It’s not just that Bruce Chen not only turned in a magnificent performance Thursday when the Royals opened what amounts to a four-game weekend measurement against Boston with a 5-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals also pinned a loss on a long-time nemesis in Red Sox lefty Jon Lester who had a 1.64 ERA and a no-hitter against them on his career resume...

Ortiz holds fan's baby during National Anthem

Video: Big Papi actin' like a big softy

Red Sox-Royals Live: Jon Lester, Sox Try to Cool Off Red-Hot Royals in Kansas City

6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup. Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s...

There are No Gimmes in Baseball, But, Dammit, Two Straight Losses to the Astros Would Be Unacceptable

“They’re a bunch of gamers.” “That’s a tough team in that other clubhouse.” “We knew coming in that they’d be tough.” Horse ****. There is such thing as the Baseball Food Chain, people. And tonight needs to end with David Ortiz stuffing Jordan Lyles into a pita shell. I understand that every opponent deserves respect. Fine. We certainly respect the Astros. But...
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