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8 a.m. ET: These Tampa Bay Rays aren’t going anywhere.
After blanking the Red Sox in Monday night’s series opener, the Rays now trail Boston by a mere 1/2 game in the American League East standings. Joe Maddon’s club has been on an absurd tear of late, winning 18 of its last 20 games, and the Rays can claim sole possession of first place with another win on Tuesday.
Trying to prevent that from happening will be Jon Lester, who has not performed anywhere near his ace-like potential this season. Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) has taken the loss in each of his last two outings, failing to pitch past the sixth inning in either.
His resume against Tampa Bay this season has been a mixed bag. Lester was stellar in his first two outings against the Rays (14 innings, 13 hits, three earned runs) before being shelled in his third, allowing a season-high seven runs on eight hits and seven walks (also a season high) in just 4 2/3 innings.
The Rays will counter with Ramon Hernandez (5-10, 4.90 ERA), who ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Sorry about that headline.
It implies that I have some idea how the de facto ace of the Red Sox returned to form. I don't.
The fact is, Jon Lester finally was himself last night when he pitched six-and-a-third innings, gave up seven hits and held a very strong Tampa Bay Rays lineup to just two runs en route to a 6-2 Red Sox victory.
The southpaw from Washington state struck...
(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)This was the Jon Lester we knew and loved at the start of the 2013 season. Throwing strikes, showing command, lasting into the seventh inning. Lester went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just two runs, striking out eight and—significantly—walking nobody in a 6-2 win by the Carmine Hose. A mixture of good and bad baserunning characterized the Boston offense....
The Red Sox maintained their AL East lead with a 6-2 win over Tampa at Fenway.
Jon Lester notched his ninth win of the year off a much-needed solid performance. He went six and a third, scattering seven hits to give up just two runs, both solo bombs. Perhaps most importantly, Lester didn't walk anyone. He made the Rays swing the bat, which he doesn't always do.
Two things that have become painfully apparent over the past 48 hours: the Rays are not going to stop being a thorn in our ass for the balance of the season, and not even Clay Buchholz knows when Clay Buchholz is coming back. In the blink of an eye, Clay went from getting good news from his doctor to hoping to make “4 or 5 more starts” before October. Not a good sign.
Christopher Evans/ Boston Herald BOSTON-- According to a report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced on Saturday that Ryan Dempster, not Jon Lester would be on the bump for tonight’s series finale against the New York Yankees. Lester will start on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. There is apparently nothing wrong on the injury...
As they head into August in a battle for the American League East, pitching is their biggest question mark. They’ve lost two closers to injuries and their best starter, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t pitched since June 8. The situation puts even more pressure on Lester, the man on the mound last night.
Lester has been as inconsistent as New England weather this season, and though he...
Extra rest helped Jon Lester slow down the Tampa Bay surge that nearly knocked Boston out of first place.
After his start was pushed back two days, Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Red Sox won 6-2 on Tuesday night and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East.
This game was more important than...
Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game winning streak...
BOSTON — Having already been shut down by Matt Moore, and with games against studs David Price and Jeremy Hellickson looming on the horizon, the Red Sox needed to take advantage of Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday.
By all measures, Hernandez is having the worst season of anyone in the Tampa Bay rotation (5-10, team-high 4.90 ERA entering Tuesday), and with such dominant hurlers surrounding...
Sunday was supposed to be Jon Lester‘s turn in the Red Sox rotation, but his first start since the All-Star break was pushed back until Tuesday night in order to give the lefty some more time off.
Instead, it will be Ryan Dempster on the mound for Boston, as the team tries to take the rubber match of a three-game series against the Yankees.
Dempster is 5-8 this season with a...
One night after getting shut out in their series opener with the Rays, the Red Sox will have to bounce back — and slow Tampa Bay’s massive momentum — to stay atop the American League East on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
The Rays have won 18 of their last 20 games, including a dominating 3-0 win over the Sox on Monday night, and are just a 1/2 game back of Boston for the division...
In a game that had 1st place on the line in the AL East the Red Sox showed some fight and rallied behind a strong outing by Jon Lester that allowed the team to again go up 1.5 games in the standings. The team quickly forgot about their 2 hit performance from the night before and belted out 12 hits and 6 runs over the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the...
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1.5 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game...
It was somewhat expected that the Boston Red Sox may have a sluggish game Monday following Sunday night/Monday morning’s extra-inning game with the Yankees. But to be held to two hits by Matt Moore was a little surprising.
Because of that, the Tampa Bay Rays (59-41) are now a half-game out of first place in the AL East with the chance to take...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, July 22 @ 7:10 PM
Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44) vs Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Tuesday, July 23 @ 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...