With the Red Sox bullpen in need of a rest, Rookie Jon Lester stepped up for Boston last night and delivered eight innings of shutout pitching, allowing only one hit. Lester improved to 5-0 on the season with a 2.38 ERA. Fellow rookie Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 28th save, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals last night at Fenway Park.

Sean McAdam reports on Lester stepping up when the Red Sox needed him the most. Bill Ballou examines a night for the ages at Fenway Park. Gordon Edes looks at the outing from Lester, which already puts him in some select company in team history. Michael Silverman has more on the most inspiring start yet for Lester. Tom Yantz reports on the pair of rookies combining for the shutout for the Red Sox. Garry Brown examines Lester’s best start yet. Scott Barboza looks at Lester remaining unbeaten on the season and in his big league career.

Jeff Horrigan has the Royals shaking their heads at why they weren’t able to get to Lester last night, who didn’t overwhelm them with his stuff. Kelsie Smith looks at Lester working with efficiency last night, something he hadn’t done in previous starts. Steven Krasner has more on Lester and how the Royals couldn’t figure him out. Lenny Megliola looks at a season of promise for the 22-year-old Lester. Alex Speier looks at a dazzling effort from Lester which only obscured the problems the Red Sox are having in the starting rotation. Jon Couture has a good look at Lester as he begins to piece things together about pitching in the big leagues.

Karen Guregian says that the Red Sox need more starting pitching, but should be very wary of trading any of their prospects to get it. Rob Bradford wonders if it is time for a change atop the batting order for the Red Sox. Julian Benbow has a piece on former Royal Kyle Snyder, who keeps fighting and won’t give up on his big league dreams. Horrigan reports on Javier Lopez being sent to Pawtucket and Jermaine Van Buren getting called up. Smith also has a piece on Wily Mo Pe

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