Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Big Finish As Lester Leaves Early

From a few different angles, it appeared the Red Sox caught a break on the play at the plate that ended the game last night.

Darnell McDonald's bullet throw from left (may have been a good thing Carl Crawford wasn't out there) to Jason Varitek nailed Edwin Encarnacion to conclude the 3-2 win, after another rough ninth by Jonathan Papelbon. Tek blocked the plate enough to keep Encarnacion away from the plate, but it appeared his righ foot scraped the plate before Tek made the tag.

It's still a 3-2 win. Joy of Sox has some cool screenshots of the play (like above; my thanks to him).

Jon Lester left after four no-hit innings with a left lat strain. No decision has been made yet about the DL, but it looks like a possibility, as he may be out for two weeks. Alfredo Aceves will make Lester's start on Sunday against the Orioles.

The bullpen of Matt Albers, Franklin Morales and Daniel Bard was stellar until Papelbon, who gave up a two-run bomb to Jose Bautista.

New York's win over the Indians in Cleveland keeps the Red Sox 1 1/2 games back.

The Red Sox also traded Mike Cameron to the Florida Marlins before the game with cash for a player to named later.

And on the subject of Jason Varitek, there will be auction of the July 4th equipment he wore, which includes autographed shin guards, chest protector and mask. The proceeds will benefit Journey Forward, and you have until July 19th to enter the drawing. Here's more info about it.

And there's also time to be a part of Tek's Putt Putt tournament, which will be held on July 21st and tickets are $50. Click here for more information on tickets.

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