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May 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Boston 6, at New York 4: Jon Lester matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, Mike Lowell and Jason Bay each hit a home run and the Red Sox prevailed in a rain-delayed game that ended at 1:10 a.m. EDT. Minnesota 7, at Detroit 2: Francisco Liriano (1-4) had a season-high nine strikeouts, and Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run triple in a five-run seventh inning.
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March 2, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
PHOENIX - Sunday was Josh Beckett Day in Dodgerland. No bobblehead dolls. Just a lot of happy people wearing blue. Beckett was back. Sort of. Think of it in terms of Neil Armstrong on the moon, the "one small step for man" part. When he took the mound here at Camelback Ranch shortly after 1 p.m., one of the more dominating and successful major league pitchers of the last decade was in a strange place. This was spring training and what he was about to do meant something. Actually, it meant a lot, both for him and for the team that will pay him $15.75 million this season, the last year of his four-year, $68-million deal.
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June 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Boston 4, at Baltimore 0: Jon Lester (7-6) struck out eight in seven innings and J.D. Drew tripled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run home run in the fourth and singled in the sixth. Drew grounded out to second base in the eighth. at Oakland 7, Detroit 1: Mark Ellis hit a two-run home run, Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs and the Athletics ended a losing streak at five games. Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the A's.
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October 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- No longer does Boston have to fret about all those poor kindergartners who had lived their whole lives without seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. The big deal about how the Red Sox had not won a World Series at home since 1918? Made for TV, and made for Boston. The truly big deal: The Red Sox won the World Series for the third time in a decade. In the last half-century, only four franchises can say they did that: the Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees, and now the Red Sox. What makes the Boston success so fascinating is the extreme makeover.
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October 28, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - This was baseball the old-fashioned way. None of this nonsense about a quality start. None of this feel-good stuff about keeping your team in the ballgame. These were two of the finest pitchers in baseball taking the reins and not letting go. Pitch count be damned, these aces were in it to win it. This was one for Bob Gibson, one for Curt Schilling. This was October as its crispest. Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester already are certified World Series heroes. Wainwright saved the clincher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006.
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September 26, 2009 | Associated Press
at New York 9, Boston 5: Jon Lester left the game after being hit by a line drive near his right knee, Joba Chamberlain got his first win in six weeks and the Yankees beat the Red Sox for the seventh time in the last eight meetings to lower their magic number for clinching the AL East to three. Lester (14-8) was struck by Melky Cabrera's liner in the third inning and stayed down for about two minutes. Alex Rodriguez had a homer and four RBIs, and tied a career high with three stolen bases.
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October 27, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
ST. LOUIS - Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester said he has received some good-natured ribbing from his friends and his wife about his penchant for sweating profusely. But Lester is more prepared for the scrutiny he will face Monday night in his first start since he was alleged to have a foreign substance on his glove when he pitched 72/3 scoreless innings Wednesday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. "I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing," Lester said Sunday.
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April 22, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Dan Haren's tandem cycle of domination with Jered Weaver should continue to be a fun ride for the Angels, but the joy was interrupted Friday by Boston and its left-hander Jon Lester. Lester (2-1) struck out eight in six shutout innings to outduel Haren as the visiting Red Sox beat the Angels, 4-3 — Boston's 11th triumph over the Angels in 12 games dating to last season. J.D. Drew had two hits and a run batted in for Boston, and Jed Lowrie scored twice as Haren (4-1) lost for the first time in 13 starts before 39,005 at Anaheim Stadium.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - The first game was a rout. The television ratings, not so great. The World Series could use a little controversy, and now we have one. At issue: Is Jon Lester a cheater? As Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Wednesday night, Tyler Melling, a 39th-round draft choice who pitched in the Class-A Florida State League this year, took to Twitter with a screen grab that purported to be incriminating evidence.
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September 14, 2009 | Associated Press
Jon Lester (13-7) gave up two hits in eight innings and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay, 4-0, Sunday for a doubleheader sweep, handing the Rays their 11th consecutive loss. Tampa Bay's losing streak is the longest this season in the majors. In the opener, Dustin Pedroia's tiebreaking, two-run home run in the eighth inning gave Boston a 3-1 victory behind Clay Buchholz and two relievers. -- associated press
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October 29, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
Even with a resurgent John Lackey starting Wednesday night in hopes of leading the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series-clinching victory at Fenway Park in 95 years, their bullpen could be crowded. "They know the urgency," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "They know what's at stake. It's wonderful that guys are stepping up. " Lackey, with plenty of support from his teammates, could fully celebrate his comeback from reconstructive right elbow surgery with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series.
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October 28, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - This was baseball the old-fashioned way. None of this nonsense about a quality start. None of this feel-good stuff about keeping your team in the ballgame. These were two of the finest pitchers in baseball taking the reins and not letting go. Pitch count be damned, these aces were in it to win it. This was one for Bob Gibson, one for Curt Schilling. This was October as its crispest. Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester already are certified World Series heroes. Wainwright saved the clincher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006.
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October 27, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
ST. LOUIS - Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester said he has received some good-natured ribbing from his friends and his wife about his penchant for sweating profusely. But Lester is more prepared for the scrutiny he will face Monday night in his first start since he was alleged to have a foreign substance on his glove when he pitched 72/3 scoreless innings Wednesday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. "I'm sure there's going to be focus on my glove and focus on my hands and what I'm doing," Lester said Sunday.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- Mariano Rivera was given the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award before Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night at Fenway Park. Rivera, the legendary New York Yankees closer who retired after the regular season, was honored on the field during pregame ceremonies. The award, which recognizes achievements and contributions of historical significance, was last presented in 2011 to Ken Griffey Jr. Here's a few quotes that were given Thursday regarding Rivera and other World Series matters.
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October 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - The first game was a rout. The television ratings, not so great. The World Series could use a little controversy, and now we have one. At issue: Is Jon Lester a cheater? As Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Wednesday night, Tyler Melling, a 39th-round draft choice who pitched in the Class-A Florida State League this year, took to Twitter with a screen grab that purported to be incriminating evidence.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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October 29, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
Even with a resurgent John Lackey starting Wednesday night in hopes of leading the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series-clinching victory at Fenway Park in 95 years, their bullpen could be crowded. "They know the urgency," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "They know what's at stake. It's wonderful that guys are stepping up. " Lackey, with plenty of support from his teammates, could fully celebrate his comeback from reconstructive right elbow surgery with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series.
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October 23, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis, Special for The Times
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. "Are you more nervous before a playoff game than a regular season game?"
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October 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox SCHEDULE Game 1: Wednesday, 5 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) at Boston (Lester, 15-8, 3.75) Game 2: Thursday, 5 p.m St. Louis (Wacha, 4-1, 2.78) at Boston (Lackey, 10-13, 3.52) Game 3: Saturday, 5 p.m. Boston (Buchholz, 12-1, 1.74) at St. Louis (Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) Game 4: Oct. 27, 5:15 p.m. Boston (Peavy, 12-5, 4.17) at St. Louis (Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 5: Oct. 28, 5 p.m.* Boston (TBA)
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