It's Time to Bury the National Treasure

Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka of Japan hangs his head as he is taken out of the game against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 7, 2009.
(Reuters)

With Smoltz on the Way,
Matsuzaka Should Be Assigned Mop-Up Duty

Texas 6, Boston 3 | Losing Two Out of Three Ain't Good
Nelson Cruz Was in Control
And It's 4 Hits for the Former Vaunted Red Sox Offense
Good News: Look Theo, No Walks for The $100 Million Man
Papelbon Checks with Official Scorer to See If That Was Save Opportunity
Rock, Paper Shoulder: Jacoby Joins J.D. Drew on Banged-Up List
At Least the Runners Looked Sharp on the Bases...

"I thought he missed over the middle and up on a team that can really make you pay when you throw the ball in the middle."-- Red Sox manager Terry Francona like a needle on a broken record


Don't Mess with Lester!

Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek (33) congratulates Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) after his 2 hit 1 run complete game against the Texas Rangers.
(Barry Chin / Globe Staff Photo)

Jon Strikes Deep in the Heart of Texas' Lineup

Lester Flirts with No-Hitter | Boston 8, Texas 1
Lesterrific! The Most Impressive Outing Of Jon's Career
Ortiz's Seeing-Eye Home Run Wraps Around Johnny's Pole
Curtain Call for Cheap Shot Was Funny... And Embarrassing
Michael Young Got an Old-Fashioned Hit to Break it Up

"It's hard not to think about it when you've got the Green Monster out there. It's in your face the whole time. I was real happy it was a well-struck ball. It wasn't an infield hit or anything like that." -- Jon Lester on his Texas-sized night

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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