Eighth Wonder

Lester watches as Francona walks out to take him out of the game after Lester gives up the eventual game-winning run on a hit by Thome at Target Field in Minneapolis

Les Than Pleased That Lefty Was Left In

Minny 5, Boston 2 | Lester, Sox Failing Minnesota
119 Pitches Is a Little Too Much Today. Sincerely, Luis Tiant
Perkins Tries to School Papi But the Harder He Throws, The Longer It Goes
Magadan Admits the Godawful Home Run Derby Fiasco Messed with A-Gon's Swing
In Case You Missed It: The Venerable Tom Verducci on Night-Off Pedroia
Would Rather See Ramon Aviles in Right Field Thank You Tito
Et Tu, Alfredo?

“He’s a guy, when he takes batting practice, he doesn’t hit too many balls to the pull side [right field]. To go in there in the Home Run Derby and take 120 swings or however many they take, and everything’s pull, pull, pull, now it’s kind of hard to back the ball up and go the other way again.” -- Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan on Gonzalez's power outage since The Home Run Derby

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