14 hits and nine runs? Can the Red Sox do that again tonight? It'd certainly be nice. While Ryan Dempster is not the sort of name that strikes fear in the hearts of batters, so far this year he's done plenty to at least encourage some unease. In his first American League start, however, he saw his ERA balloon by more than half a point.
Really, though, more interest should be focused on Jon Lester. It's been a bad year for the once (and future?) Red Sox ace, but he showed some signs of life against the Yankees, and then was downright good against the Twins despite a tough luck inning. Hopefully this is the start of better times for Lester, because the Sox need him to perform, whether it be for the sake of 2012 or 2013.
|2012 - Jon Lester||5-9||23||22||2||0||0||0||134.1||149||86||80||18||40||113||5.36||1.41|
|2012 - Ryan Dempster||0-0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4.2||9||8||8||2||3||6||15.43||2.57|
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Hamilton, CF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Adrian Beltre, 3B|
|Cody Ross, DH||Nelson Cruz, RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Michael Young, DH|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Geovany Soto, C|
|Ryan Kalish, RF||David Murphy, LF|
|Nick Punto, 3B||Mike Olt, 1B|