The Red Sox got an ace performance from Jon Lester, who pitched seven shutout innings in picking up his 10th win of the season. Jason Varitek supported his pitcher with a pair of home runs, and Dustin Pedroia added a solo shot as the Red Sox earned a 5-2 win in Philadelphia to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Phillies.
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How Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek gave Red Sox one less thing to worry about - Rob Bradford says that it is fair to say that Bengie Molina’s name has been mentioned for the last time when it comes to fixing the Sox.
Theo Epstein takes hit on Mike Cameron’s flop - John Tomase has Theo Epstein holding himself accountable for the Mike Cameron signing. Tomase notes that 2010 was not the greatest offseason for the Sox GM, though I think his reluctance to re-sign Jason Bay has proven to be correct.
J.D. Drew’s leash just got shorter - Gordon Edes says that the release of Cameron should be a wake-up call to J.D. Drew.
In debate about moving Gonzalez to right, logic was the loser - Jim Donaldson decries the panic over the possibility of moving Gonzalez to the outfield in interleague play.
From Nick Cafardo’s column today:
They head to Houston to open a weekend series tonight against the worst team in baseball. If they can’t right the ship there, they may not right it at all.
What? So if the Red Sox can’t beat the Astros this weekend, the season is over?
Johnson is eager to conquer a new frontier - Boston Globe intern Nicole Auerbach is assigned the minor-league notebook this week, which has Lowell outfielder Matty Johnson hoping to be the next Daniel Nava.
What the lockout means for the NBA and the Celtics - Paul Flannery has a look at the NBA lockout, which officially began at midnight last night. Chris Forsberg also looks at how the lockout will impact the Celtics.
Is Wyc Grousbeck willing to lose entire NBA season? - Ben Rohrbach notes that based on previous comments, the Celtics owner could be one of the owners willing to lose the entire 2011-12 season.
Bruins look warily at market - Despite having a ton of cap space, Stephen Harris writes that the Bruins aren’t likely to make any major signings this offseason. DJ Bean and James Murphy have more on the Bruins likely passive approach.
Where To Look For Quality NFL Lockout Coverage - In my SB Nation Boston media column, I’m dishing out praise for Mike Freeman, Albert Breer and Mike Florio. Wait, what?