Lester K’s 10 in Sox Win

The Boston Herald Website was down this morning as I was preparing the links, so thus the lack of stories from that paper… Update: I’ve since added the stories in now that the site is back up.

Also, if you want to participate in the “Be Dan Shaughnessy” contest, please submit your version of Dan’s upcoming column on Pedro Martinez’s return to Boston before the end of the weekend. The person who comes closest to Dan’s actual column in spirit, style and substance will win a nice prize package.

The Red Sox completed their second straight three game sweep of a National League opponent, downing the Nationals 9-3 behind the pitching of rookie Jon Lester.

Amalie Benjamin looks at the impressive outing from Lester, who struck out 10 in his six innings of work. Carolyn Thornton says Lester’s approach of one game at a time is working well for him. David Heuschkel says that the lefthander is a keeper. David Borges writes that while the Red Sox might still have concerns over the 5th slot in their rotation, it appears that the the 4th spot belongs to Lester. Bill Ballou suggests that Lester might render David Wells obsolete for the Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan looks at Lester making quick work of the Nationals.

Steve Krasner says that the fact the Lester already has two strikeout pitches is very impressive for the 22-year-old. Julian Benbow has a piece on Alex Gonzalez and his seven-year-old son Alexander, who aspires to be just like his dad. Gordon Edes has a mini-feature on Pedro Martinez, as the former Red Sox ace prepares to return to Fenway Park next week with the Mets. Michael Silverman also has a very good piece on Pedro. Fran Sypek talks to Pittsfield’s Russ Quetti about his role in the longest game in professional baseball history, the 33 inning game between the PawSox and Rochester Red Wings 25 years ago.

Chris Snow and Gordon Edes report on Paxton Crawford’s admission of steroid use while with the Red Sox, as reported by ESPN the Magazine. John Tomase has reaction from the Sox, specifically from Tim Wakefield, who has some harsh words for the former prospect. Art Martone also has a report on the story. Alex Speier reports on the steroid scandal hitting home at Fenway Park.

Tomase has a quick look at Curt Schilling expressing his approval on the performance of Lester. Mark Murphy covers David Ortiz’s second inning grand slam. I have no idea what Buddy Thomas’ column is about this week. Presumably it is something about White Sox fans calling themselves the Black Plague, sort of their version of Red Sox nation.

Benjamin’s notebook looks at the acquisition of Jason Johnson, as well as backup options at first base now that J.T. Snow is no longer with the team. The Projo notebook has more on the Red Sox picking up Johnson as a 5th starter. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Johnson, a groundball pitcher who should benefit from the strong infield defense that the Red Sox have. Ron Chimelis also has a piece on Johnson. Borges’ notebook has more on the pickup of Johnson, which sent Kyle Snyder to the minors. Ballou’s notebook has more on the Red Sox latest foray into discount shopping. Horrigan’s notebook has Mark Loretta volunteering to play first base if needed.

Michael Parente takes a look at the Patriots secondary, and notes that while the club still might try to bring back Ty Law, they might also pass on the former Patriot, as they’ve taken measure to shore up that position already.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that Bruins coach Mike Sullivan could learn his fate either today or tomorrow, and it doesn’t appear likely that he will keep his job. Mick Colageo reports on Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli adding former Bruin Don Sweeney to his front office staff. Stephen Harris has more on Sweeney’s appointment.

Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge planning to sit down with Paul Pierce to begin talks on a contract extension very soon. John Habib reports on NH’s Matt Bonner getting traded from the Raptors to the Spurs. Bob Ryan says that the Mavericks have no one to blame but themselves for letting the NBA finals get away from them.

Bill Doyle says that Phil Mickelson’s collapse had NBC’s Johnny Miller at his best, while that night, Jon Miller of ESPN wasn’t at his best doing the Red Sox/Braves game.

ESPN has Twins/Astros at 8:00.