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Nomar Garciaparra last played for the Red Sox in July 2004 before he was traded to the Cubs in a four-way deal that brought Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz…and eventually a World Series Title to Boston. From August 2004-April 2009, Nomar had never faced his former team, until Monday night.
The former Red Sox All-Star shortstop went 1-4 with a home run against Sox lefty Jon Lester, who was not very impressive for the second straight start. Lester allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings, bringing his season ERA to a putrid 9.00. Most of the damage was done in the second inning, when Lester allowed five runs on five hits and a hit batter.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B: What a surprise! Kevin Youkilis has become a mainstay as the Sox Stud of the Game, and for good reason. He was the only man with two hits, going 2-4 with a double and a HR, dropping his batting average to .519.
Jon Lester, SP: What more can I say? Lester was battered around in the second inning, and that led to the majority of the A’s offense. One bad inning can kill a pitcher. But hey, look a the bright side: Lester didn’t walk anyone so he was all over the strike zone, which is good except for the fact he was very hittable…