Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Jon Lester has been somewhat of a savior for the Sox this season (say that 3 times fast). He went 8 scoreless, 1 hit innings last night to save the bullpen, and help the Red Sox to a 1-0 victory. Papelbon closed it out with a perfect 9th...again.

The lone Red Sox run came after Varitek hit a double off the Monster. It was only Tek's 2nd wall ball all season. He was knocked in by an Alex Gonzalez single up the middle after a long and tough at-bat.

The game was also Varitek's 991st game as a Red Sox catcher, a record for the 105 year old club, surpassing Carlton Fisk's mark of 990. The Captain has only missed games due to injury once when he broke his elbow diving for a foul ball.

The victory keeps the Sox half a game up on New York.

David Wells threw a 42 pitch, 3 inning simulated game today and there are no reports of discomfort or pain. He'll have another side session on Friday, most likely, then pitch another simulated game Monday.

Willy Mo Pena was activated off the DL, Jermaine Van Buren was called up from AAA. Javier Lopez was sent down to AAA and Willie Harris was designated for assignment.

The Sox look for the sweep this afternoon as Beckett faces Redman.