Not much else to say anymore.
Our prayers go with Jon Lester and his family, who clearly are dealing with concerns far greater than this little game played during the summer months. Thankfully, the lymphoma is treatable, and as YM mentioned, the sports rosters contain quite a few names of people who have survived cancer and had productive careers. The Sox’ third baseman is one of them.
Speaking of the Sox’ third baseman, Mike Lowell (three home runs over the past week) is doing his best David Ortiz impersonation and doing his part to carry this hurting and worried team. His attitude, his demeanor, his play — all top-notch and classy. He might have been the throw-in, but he’s been more than worth his contract this year and appears to have filled the Varitek role as team leader while Tek rehabs his knee.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Papelbon’s shoulder hurts, and Curt Schilling’s been scratched from his next start with a strained side muscle (which at least gives us a reason for his poor start). Add those to Ramirez, Ortiz, Varitek, Nixon, Pena and Wakefield and it’s a wonder the Red Sox have won two games from the Jays — who the Sox couldn’t seem to beat at all when they were healthy. At least Ortiz during his press conference today said he felt great and wants to pinch hit — although the Sox will hold off until next week.
Comment away on all the game action here — Kebin Jarvis makes his Red Sox debut as the starter today (gulp), and David Murphy makes his major league debut in right field.