Sox Back Lester, Now Just Three Games Out of First

Jon Lester went seven innings last night, giving up just a pair of runs to pick up his eighth win of the season in the Red Sox 6-2win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night at Fenway Park.

A reminder that tonight’s game has been moved to 6:00pm, to allow you to catch more of the Celtics/Lakers championship game.

I have to say that the Celtics extended run, and getting to game seven tonight has spared us a whole lot of sports radio soap operas about the Red Sox. If the Celtics weren’t playing this week, all we would’ve heard would be about Manny’s return to Boston this weekend. As it is, the Globe has a nearly 1500-word feature from Stan Grossfeld about whether Manny will be booed or not this weekend.

Resurgent Red Sox slice lead to 3 – Bill Ballou looks at last night’s win, and the Red Sox slow climb back into the AL East race.

Jon Lester’s changeup has become weapon – Mike Fine looks at Lester’s new, diverse offerings on the mound.

Lester won’t be left out of discussion of the best – Alex Speier says one of the four best lefties in MLB, along with CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Johan Santana.

Lefty Doubront ‘a fun kid to watch’ – Joe McDonald has a look at Friday’s starter for the Red Sox.

Pedroia rediscovering his stroke – Brian MacPherson has the former AL MVP getting back on track.

Doubront on fast track – Benjamin’s notebook has more on the rookie and other items.

Patriots

Attitude adjustment – Albert Breer examines whether the Patriots are making progress on their shortcomings of last season.

Rookies looking to catch on – Mike Reiss looks at a pair of rookies who could contribute to the offense from day one.

Early coaching tendencies – Shalise Manza Young profiles new Patriots assistant Corwin Brown.

Hoyer having great minicamp with Patriots – Christopher Price is impressed with the second-year QB.

Eventful day for Pats’ Aaron Hernandez – Tom E Curran with a look at the fourth-round pick.

Taylor Price quick to catch on – Karen Guregian has the wide receiver prospect having to be a quick study.

Pats’ hopeful Farnham has a mentor in Marshfield’s Morey – Glen Farley’s notebook looks at the former Brown receiver getting some advice.

Bruins

In Cam Neely, the Bruins have the right face for the franchise – Mick Colageo says that the Bruins the right move.

Boston Bruins make Cam Neely president – Mike Loftus says that while it’s not a big move, it’s not altogether ceremonial, either.

Neely administration greeted by fanfare – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has more on Neely, and Peter Chiarelli saying that he’s going to hang on to the number two pick.