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Red Sox targeting lefties to replace Big Papi

In his quest to replace David Ortiz in the lineup, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski appears unlikely to land Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista, two free-agent sluggers who have often haunted Boston while wearing Toronto uniforms. Instead, the preference would be to get a left-handed bat — perhaps on a shorter-term deal — to help balance out the lineup. …read more

Kelly's inability to harness control costs him

The rate at which Joe Kelly walked batters Saturday against the Blue Jays was due to catch up with him. It finally did in the fourth inning. Down by two runs, Kelly walked Devon Travis and Jose Bautista before Edwin Encarnacion belted a home run, effectively putting the game out of reach in the Red …

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Battered: Lester shelled, Sox swept

In the worst start of his major league career, Jon Lester was shelled for four home runs, a career-high 11 runs and 10 hits in just four-plus innings as the Jays routed the Red Sox, 15-7, completing a three-game sweep and send Boston reeling into a six-game road trip through Texas and New York. …

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Sinking feeling: Cook falters in Sox loss

Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia hit mammoth home runs over the Green Monster as the Blue Jays scored seven unanswered runs to erase an early three-run deficit and beat the Red Sox, 7-3, Saturday night at Fenway. The loss spoiled the celebratory mood from a 30-minute ceremony before the game as the Red Sox …

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