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:

Hanley enjoying his return > Victorino slowly getting up to speed > Ramirez fitting right in > Manuel Margot in stars in Salem

Boston Herald:

Pablo Sandoval struggles against lefties continues > Buchholz says he's sorry for the effort > Red Sox doing more right than wrong > Miley put Sox in hole

ProJo:

Brentz walkoff helps PawSox win at McCoy > Marrero more aggressive > Vic ready to make impact > Workman receives PRP injection

NY Post:

The latest way ESPN ruined Sunday Night Baseball > Girardi dusts off Mike Stanley story for Jeter's panicked replacement > Yankees all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that's a problem

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