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Someone please fire the Red Sox team physician. How could he let the whole team catch the flu? Another one bit the dust as the flu bug bit Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was scratched from his start. As a result, enter Jon Lester on three days rest. Uh oh. The flu beat the Red Sox, 6-4.
Lester pitched pretty well considering the circumstances, as he lasted five innings after allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks. Despite allowing so many basrunners and two home runs, Lester managed to keep the Sox in the game and that’s all you can ask of a guy on three day’s rest.
Recently recalled Craig Hansen entered after Lester, and allowed the go-ahead run and took the loss during his 1 2/3 innings. He was in while Manny Delcarmen rests with flu-like symptoms. The encouraging sign for Hansen was his three strikeouts and zero walks.
Best Offensive Stud: Gary Matthews, Jr., LAA
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