Last night: Ortiz lashes out, Lester not sharp

April, 7, 2010
Coverage from Gordon Edes and Joe McDonald from last night's game:

Ortiz lashes out after question about slow start

BOSTON -- The story is as old as the game itself, a great player fighting to keep the shadows from closing in on him before he's ready to concede he is something less than he was.

The town he once owned is now openly discussing his successor. His team, one he carried to glory it had not known in decades, offers no assurances that his services will be desired beyond this season. His income, one that has allowed him to live like royalty, is unlikely to be duplicated at the same scale beyond October. And his swing, which once commanded respect accorded only to a few, now is subjected to constant scrutiny, scouts and media and fans forming an unholy chorus of doubters.

Tuesday night, it all became too much for David Ortiz. Behind his Big Papi persona, Ortiz in happier days would have mocked his inquisitors with good-natured insults and deflected the tougher questions with insouciant bravado.

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April hasn't been kind to Lester

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester knows exactly what his career numbers are in the early months of the season, especially in March and April. The statistics aren't very good and he's not too worried about it.

The trend continued Tuesday night at Fenway Park when Lester failed to get past the fifth inning, allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts against the New York Yankees. The left-hander ended up with a no-decision but New York won 6-4.

Lester, who is 2-4 with a 4.94 ERA in 13 career starts (one in March and 12 in April) in the earliest part of the season, can't pinpoint why he struggles out of the gate.

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