CHICAGO – After retiring the first two batters he faced, it appeared Jon Lester would be picking up where he had left off in his recent starts.
MINNEAPOLIS – Since May 2, when Ryan Dempster earned a win in Toronto the Red Sox have not gotten a ‘W’ from a starting pitcher other than Jon Lester, who has won twice in that 15-game span.
MINNEAPOLIS – Right fielder Shane Victorino and shortstop Stephen Drew are both out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox Saturday night. Both players are bothered by back ailments.
BOSTON -- David Ross entered Friday’s game against the Astros with scant offensive output to show for the season. He took care of most of that in this game.