So maybe Jon Lester should be the one moved to the bullpen when John Smoltz or Clay Buchholz are deemed ready to move into the rotation.
OK, that’s probably not going to happen, but Lester, who had been the ace of the Red Sox staff last year, has struggled mightily in 2009. His woes continues last night as he gave up five runs in the fifth inning on route to a 5-2 victory by the Twins over the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin says that the Red Sox continue to be put in a hole by Lester, who has given up at least five runs in five starts this season. Michael Silverman has Lester’s woes continuing in Minnesota, even though it was just one bad inning that did him in. Daniel Barbarisi notes that the Red Sox new lineup got off to a quiet start last night.
Nick Cafardo says that we can’t doubt that David Ortiz is trying his best to regain his form. Sean McAdam states that the Red Sox and Ortiz are entering dangerous territory. Silverman writes more about the move down to No. 6 for Big Papi. Bill Reynolds has lost all patience for Ortiz and says baseball is no country for old men. Barbarisi looks at the Red Sox finally making the change with Ortiz.
Bill Burt has an opposing AAA manager raving about Clay Buchholz. Mike Fine says that Jonathan Papelbon’s performance this season is cause for some concern. Rob Bradford looks back at a confusing day for the Red Sox. Barbarisi wonders if this is a lost season for Lester?
Kevin Gray looks at John Smoltz’s rehab start in Manchester, NH last night with the Portland Sea Dogs. Adam Kilgore has Smoltz satisfied with the progress he’s made thus far. David Willis says Smoltz certainly did not look past his prime last night. Steve Buckley also chronicles the latest step in the John Smoltz Rehab Project. Mike Petraglia has Smoltz targeting Boston.
Cafardo lusts after Joe Mauer. I’m very skeptical that Mauer will leave the Twins after 2010 when he is scheduled to be a free agent – his whole life is there, (his grandparents come to every game) and while I know professional athletes are usually all about who is going to pay the most money, the little I know about Mauer, he seems wired a little differently.
Beth Healy reports on Red Sox minority owner Ed Eskandarian selling his 3.6% stake in the team.
Benjamin’s notebook looks back at a great catch by Jacoby Ellsbury. The Herald notebook also recaps Ellsbury’s catch. The Projo Red Sox journal has Francona putting Papelbon’s struggles in perspective.
Dan Shaughnessy weighs in on Brady’s interview with Peter King yesterday, noting that “it’s rare when anybody at Gillette grants an interview of substance without cash changing hands.” Karen Guregian has Brady facing a new routine going forward. Mark Farinella is glad that Brady is back on the field. Shalise Manza Young looks at comments from Brady’s teammates in recent days.
Marc J. Spears and Steve Bulpett report on Kevin Garnett’s knee surgery. Spears’ notebook has Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins unable to attend the USA Basketball minicamp in July because of Perkins’ wedding.