You’ve probably heard Jon Lester’s story.
It’s amazing nonetheless.
Just 11 months after being diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, Lester took the mound for the Red Sox Tuesday night.
Really, no matter the outcome, it was a victory.
But Lester showed he had no intention of simply being a human interest story. He went 6 innings, gave up 5 hits, 2 earned runs and got the victory.
Even Yankees fans were cheering.
OK, I made that up.
Red Sox 6, Indians 2: Lester’s 2 earned both came on a Grady Sizemore home run, but that would be all the scoring for Cleveland, which is 5-5 in its last 10, and still 2 games back in the A.L. Central. The top of the lineup for the Sox was stellar, with Coco Crisp and Dustin Pedroia going a combined 7-for-10. Boston has won four in a row.
Tigers 9, White Sox 6: The only reason this debacle of a game is so high up in the recap is that yours truly was in attendance. Curtis Granderson hit a first-pitch home run to start the Tigers off right, then came up a triple short of the cycle. Detroit used 6 pitchers – yes, 6 – with Jason Grilli getting the win. Mark Buehrle had his worst start of the year, giving up season highs in runs (7) and hits (14) over 6 1/3. Recently called-up Mike Hessman drove in the tying and then go-ahead runs in the seventh. After 10 years of bouncing around, he was visibly happy.
Yankees 9, Royals 2: The Rocket picked up his 351st career win (which everyone is making a HUGE deal over) even though he’s 3-4 on the season. More impressive, A-Rod became the first Yank to rack up 100 RBI in less than 100 games since Joe DiMaggio in 1937. Manny Ramirez was the last player to accomplish the feat in 1999 for Cleveland. The Bombers are still 7.5 games back of the Sox, but have won 4 in a row.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 6
Mariners 7, Rangers 8
A’s 12, Angels 6
Brewers 1, Reds 2
Dodgers 10, Astros 2
Padres 5, Rockies 7
Marlins 3, D-Backs 4
Braves 4, Giants 2