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Lester Believes Boston Still Has A Chance At Catching Yanks

With Saturday's win, the Red Sox moved to 5.5 games behind the Yankees in the Wild Card with eight games to play.

"We've got a chance," said Jon Lester. "Weirder things have happened in baseball."

Boston has won eight of their past 12 games, while New York has now lost four straight at home.


Showalter Jokes About Red Sox Still Being In Race

Buck Showalter was asked to handicap the two-team AL East race between the Yankees and Rays, but had a funny response to the Boston media.

"I think there's three," referring to the Red Sox being seven games out entering Monday. Then he joked: "I can't handicap. We're not allowed to do that."

Via New York Times

Francona Still Has Faith In Lackey Investment

John Lackey has been far from dominant in his first season pitching in the AL East, but Terry Francona still believes in Boston's investment.

"Well, it's different," said Francona. "You're running through the Yankees and Tampa Bay, Toronto and Baltimore. It's no day at the beach. But saying that, you look up at his ERA and it's higher than he's probably comfortable with. It's like a guy hitting that's lower. Saying that, we love him.

"When [general manager] Theo [Epstein] told us that day he signed him, I was thrilled. I still am and I think three or four years from now, we're still going to be. It hasn't gone perfect. That doesn't mean [it can't be improved]. There's a lot of good things there. He's a stand-up guy. I don't know that everybody's going to have their career year every year. I wish it would happen. But it doesn't always work that way."

Via MLB.com

Bautista Breaks Record For Toronto HRs In Season

Jose Bautista hit his 48th homer of the season on Friday night at Fenway Park, which is a new Toronto record.

The fan who caught the ball threw it back onto the field.

"That was pretty nice," Bautista said. "Pretty lucky for me to have that happen."

Bautista surpassed the 47 homers George Bell hit for the Blue Jays in 1987. The ball landed in the seats beyond the Green Monster before a fan tossed it back on the field.


Ethier Downplays Red Sox Rumor

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has dismissed a report out of Boston that he'd like to join the Red Sox.

"It's obviously hearsay," said Ethier. "Especially at this point, it doesn't even make sense to comment on something like this."

According to an Internet report from Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Ethier reportedly told friends he would like to come to the Red Sox.

Ethier is a former college teammate and good friend of Boston's Dustin Pedroia.

He isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season.

Via MLB.com

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