Lester: 'I'm not tired, I'm not hurt'

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Lester: 'I'm not tired, I'm not hurt'

Jon Lester's September struggles -- 1-4, 5.61 in his last five starts, including three losses to the two teams (Yankees and Rays) closest to the Red Sox in the standings -- have raised questions about his health.

"I would think so," said ex-Sox infielder Lou Merloni on Twitter Saturday, in answer to a query as to whether or not there was something physically wrong with the Sox' left-hander. "I hope this isn't a healthy Lester."

But Lester emphatically denied such talk after the 9-1 loss to the Yankees, in which he surrendered eight runs in 2 23 innings.

"No, we're not . . . no," said an agitated Lester. "We're not going to get into that. I'm not tired, I'm not hurt. There's nothing wrong with me. I wouldn't go out there if there was something wrong with me.

"It's nothing physical."

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.