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Boston Red Sox
It was easy to mistake tonight's 2-1 win for a playoff game at Fenway. (Yes, the temperature is on the cooler side, but that wasn't why.)
After nearly a month of average to below-average competition in August, the Sox' schedule has gotten harder and the team isn't missing a beat. Playing a legitimate World Series contender in the Tigers, led by their ace (sorry, Justin) in Max Scherzer, the Sox coaxed yet another good start out of Jon Lester, who is a new man since the All-Star break.
Lester went seven strong, striking out nine Tigers and yielding just one run (to an RBI single by Jose Iglesias, natch). Lester didn't walk a batter, throwing 81 of his 111 pitches for strikes. He was in just one real jam, fending off a two-out, bases-loaded Miguel Cabrera at bat in the 5th. He's getting into shape just in time for the playoff push. He can be frustrating at times, but if we keep getting this effort, we can't complain.
John Farrell then managed the late innings like it was October. With the middle of the lineup due up in the 8th leading 2-1, Farrell didn't try to bleed Lester, or get any kind of efficiency out of his relievers. He went righty-lefty-righty in the pen to retire Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Omar Infante (with old friend Victor Martinez sneaking in a meaningless single). Koji pulled a Koji in the 9th and the Sox got the victory.
Will Middlebrooks was responsible for the two Sox runs, driving in Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew on a first-pitch single in the 5th. Sometimes his lack of patience pays off.
The now hold a six-game lead over Tampa, who is in LA taking on the Angels tonight.
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Jon Lester is ending the year the way he started it.
In Lester’s first 4 starts in April, he compiled a 4-0 record with a 3.11 ERA. He commanded his fastball and cutter with velocity and was attacking hitters by pounding the strike zone consistently. In his last 6 starts, Lester has only been touched for 8 runs in 42 innings pitched, while lowering his ERA from...
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Miguel Cabrera is, as Jon Lester noted last night, the best hitter on the planet.
So, when Cabrera came up to the plate with three Detroit Tigers on base and the visitors holding a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning...
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(Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)In perhaps his best performance of the year, re-established Ace Jon Lester went seven strong innings, struck out nine and got just enough offense for a thrilling 2-1 win over the Tigers. Besting fellow ace Max Scherzer, Lester was dazzling when he had to be—keeping the game close until Will Middlebrooks laced a two-run single up the middle...
It was a battle of two aces on Tuesday night, but Jon Lester saved one of his best performances of the season for the occasion, and he was rewarded with a hard-earned win.
The left-hander allowed only one run, and struck out a season-high nine batters over his seven innings of work. Lester outdueled Max Scherzer who was seeking his 20th win of the season, and looking to become...
I hate Jon Lester, I always have hated Jon Lester. You can go back through the archives of this blog and find all my anti-Jon Lester rants and raves. Part of that comes from the fan-base that widely overuses the word “ace” when it comes to baseball and calling Jon Lester an “ace” for a couple of years now. Jon Lester isn’t an “ace” and never has been an “ace”. Kershaw...
Jon Lester struck out a season-high nine to lead the Red Sox past
Tigers ace Max Scherzer on Tuesday at Fenway (Boston Herald photo)
Redsox.com was labeling this one as the “Ace-off”.
And while both Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Boston’s Jon Lester more than lived up to the advance billing, it was the Red Sox that managed to outwit...
8 a.m. ET: Monday’s series opener between the Red Sox and Tigers was not what you would expect from the two highest-scoring teams in baseball. Both starters took shutouts into the seventh inning, with Detroit’s Doug Fister emerging victorious in a 3-0 Tigers win.
Don’t be shocked if you see more of the same on Tuesday. The second matchup in a three-game series between the...
Even without Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers showed why they are still considered the team to beat in the American League, shutting out the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in the series opener on Labor Day. Detroit (81-57) now trails Boston (82-57) by a half-game for the best record in the AL with a chance to overtake the top spot tonight.
Jon Lester has...
Max Scherzer may have been the American League's best pitcher this season but on Tuesday night Jon Lester was better.
Scherzer came into the game looking for his 20th victory of the season but Lester outpitched him limiting the Detroit Tigers to a single run on eight hits over even innings as the Red Sox held off Detroit 2-1.
The Sox hung Scherzer with only his second...
The Red Sox will send John Lackey against Detroit hurler Doug Fister today. Jon Lester will take to the hill on Tuesday night against the 19-1 Max Scherzer. Ryan Dempster—fresh off his encouraging last start—will again start on Wednesday night against Rick Porcello. This series will be a good test of what could easily be reprieved as the American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox open a four-game series with the increasingly irrelevant Evil Empire tonight, sending Jake Peavy to the mound to face Ivan Nova. On Friday, Felix Doubront will take to the hill against fellow left-hander Andy "HGH" Pettitte. On Saturday afternoon, John Lackey will take on someone named David Huff and Sunday afternoon's match-up will feature Jon Lester against...
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record.
Lester (13-8) lowered his ERA to 1.71 in his past six starts. He allowed one earned run and eight hits with a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks.
Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat
Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's
chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a
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Yesterday's match up had the feel and look of a playoff game. It was a tight pitchers duel between two aces and the crowd was into it. Why? Because the road back to another World Series will go through the Motor City in the ALCS. Simple as that. If we make it past the ALDS, we will most likely see Detroit again.