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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Jon Lester is a mess. It says a lot about how things have gone lately for Lester that he stood at his locker here last night and took any satisfaction from a start in which he allowed five runs and was unable to complete the sixth inning. But thanks to a 17-hit barrage by the offense and staunch work from the bullpen, Lester got credit for a win in the Red Sox’ 10-6 victory over the Tigers. And when you haven’t won since May 15, you’ll see the sunny side of just about anything. “It’s been a while,” Lester said after giving up nine hits, including two home runs, and throwing 102 pitches in only 52⁄3 innings. “You just have to look at that positive of it. We won the ballgame. The offense did a great job of scoring some runs. That’s the way you’ve got to look at it right now.” Herald - Bats bail out Jon Lester as Sox beat Tigers There's so much to be disappointed about in the way that Lester's pitched lately.  He's giving up home runs.  So many home runs.  Hits galore.  Lots of walks.  But it's the lack of innings that's really bumming me out.  In 12 starts through the end of May, he pitched at least 6 innings in all but 2, and made it over 7 innings in 6 games.  Since then, he's pitched 6, 4 2/3, 5, and 5 2/3.  He has to do better than that.  He has to find a way to keep his pitch count down and stay on the mound.  Lester is *that guy* for Boston.  He's the one who you can count on to go 7+ night in and night out.  Even if he keeps giving up those home runs (so many home runs), he has to find a way to stay in the game.  The good news is, at least last night, the rest of the team was rolling; particularly the top and bottom of the lineup.  Victorino had 4 hits and 5 RBIs, Ellsbury and Pedroia each had a couple hits and drove in runs, and Iglesias and Drew had 3 hits apiece.  But instead of talking about that, we have to focus on, and worry about, Lester.  I'd like to be confident that he'll get better and find a groove.  But the further we progress, this is starting to look like a copy of last season.  And maybe, just maybe, this is the pitcher Lester is now.  Rest of the links: Herald - Victorino heads up list of insights from above | Closer watch: Uehara in for Bailey, for now | Globe - Farrell picks Uehara as his latest closer | Victorino drives in 5, Red Sox beat Tigers 10-6 | WEEI - Koji Uehara to close, but Andrew Bailey optimistic he’ll reclaim ninth-inning duties | David Ross sidelined indefinitely by latest concussion
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