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The Red Sox got out to a fast lead, scoring seven runs in the 2nd inning, and held on to win 7-4 despite a late Blue Jays rally.
Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings. John Farrell sent him back out for the 8th and he immediately gave up two singles. Junichi Tazawa relieved Lester but allowed the two inherited runs, pushing the score into save territory, and forcing (because Farrell is so traditional with his bullpen) Koji Uehara to make an appearance. KKKKKKKoji got three quick outs (including two strikeouts), because that's what he does.
The Sox had a balanced attack at the plate, collecting nine hits, with only Mike Carp remaining hitless. The 2nd inning barrage chased Chien Ming-Wang from the game after just one and a third innings, but the Blue Jays bullpen responded with an Orioles-like shut-down performance.
A few interesting numbers as I collect my thoughts and look over the box score. Did you realize Daniel Nava got his 49th RBI of the season? And Salty got his 19th double? We're at game 81, so paced out, we'rre talking about Nava being, potentially, a 100-RBI guy, and Salty hitting 40 doubles.
The more important pace? At 48-33, the Sox are on pace for a 96-win season.
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(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)It was time for Jon Lester to look like the Jon Lester of old—and he did just that last night. The big lefty had all four of his pitches working and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in a 7-4 victory over the recently surging Blue Jays. Lester went seven solid innings, giving up just four hits and striking out five. He left with two on and no one...
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A new windup brought a marked improvement for Jon Lester. And he did it against the white-hot Toronto Blue Jays to boot.
But Lester, who had been lacking sharpness over the last month, also
BOSTON — Jon Lester gave the Red Sox a scare on Thursday, but it appears that’s all it was.
Lester, who left Thursday’s game in the eighth inning after landing awkwardly and jamming his hip, is expected to make his next scheduled start against the Padres, according to manager John Farrell.
“He came in and checked in as he would after any other start,” Farrell said Friday...
Getting ahead of batters has not been a problem for Jon Lester this season, but finishing them off has.
After starting the season 6-0, the Red Sox starter dropped four of his next five decisions and has now gone nearly a month and a half without a win. Manager John Farrell addressed Lester’s recent struggles before Thursday’s game against Toronto, mentioning the lefty’s recent...
Red Sox fans, take a deep breath in..hold it...hold it..okay now exhale. Jon Lester is expected to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.
"We fully expect him to be on the mound against San Diego next week," Farrell said.I know I'm relieved and i'm almost certain all of Red Sox nation is with me....
Red Sox starter Jon Lester left Thursday night's 7-4 win against the Blue Jays in the eighth inning with an apparent lower body injury.
Red Sox manager John Farrell and the training staff were called out to the mound by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Lester seemed to slip delivering a pitch. Farrell wasted no time in bringing in reliever...
Jon Lester has been the elephant in the room. You really can’t say he’s a bad pitcher. But right now, you can’t say he’s a good pitcher either. He’s not hurt, so what’s wrong with him?
Manager John Farrell put in his two cents about Lester before yesterday’s win over the Colorado Rockies.
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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't surprised that his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are working their way back into contention in the AL East.
Farrell will also be hoping that Jon Lester can return to the form he has displayed against Toronto this year in Thursday night's opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park.
Although Toronto (39-38) is still in last place...
Jon Lester left Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with an apparent hip injury after pitching masterfully for 7-plus innings. This comes after word that Clay Buchholz will have to remain out a few more days with his injured neck not fully healed.
Yup, the top two pitchers on the Red Sox staff are ailing. Never good news for any...
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TO: John Farrell, Red Sox manager
FR: Jan-Christian Sorensen, Contributing Writer, redsoxlife.com
RE: That untrustworthy, battered screen door in the bullpen
I truly admire what you’ve done with this team since your return to the dugout. What it’s meant for the city of Boston, especially in light of earlier tragic events in the...
The conclusion of tonight's game will mark the exact mid-point of the 2013 season. Eighty-one up, eighty-one to go. As we look at this morning's standings, your Carmine Hose are the only team in baseball to have scored 400 runs and are one behind the Cardinals for most wins in all of MLB. They also have the best run differential (+78) in the American League. All this with...
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Fenway Park plays host to the most crucial four-game set to end the month of June, likely ever. The American League East-leading Boston Red Sox (47-33) open a series against East Division rival Toronto Blue Jays (39-38) tonight. Yeah, it’s only June, but...
5:13 p.m.: Mike Napoli will receive the night off. John Farrell said that it’s a matchup decision, and Mike Carp will replace Napoli in the Red Sox’ lineup.
Thursday’s complete lineups are below.
Red Sox (47-33)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Carp, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Jose Iglesias, 3B...
(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)John Farrell must have had a hunch—or maybe it was just that Jonny Gomes was 4 for 7 lifetime against Brett Cecil. Anyway, the Boston manager sent up Gomes to pinch hit in a key spot in the seventh inning and he delivered a go-ahead single in a 7-5 Sox win. Young Allen Webster pitched well through four innings, then came unhinged in the fifth. He ended...
It looks like the Red Sox’ rotation will have to find a way to keep going without ace Clay Buchholz.
The right-hander, who paced the Boston staff with a 1.71 ERA in his 9-0 start, won’t be returning just yet, manager John Farrell said Wednesday. Buchholz tried to throw off a mound for the first time since his June 8 injury on Wednesday but ended up tossing just 18 pitches.