Tony Massarotti has a special breaking news report on the Boston Herald website, where he says that Red Sox rookie lefthander Jon Lester is being examined not only for a possible back injury as a result of a recent car accident, but also for cancer. Massarotti says:

Although Red Sox officials are being extremely tight-lipped about the matter, Lester has been undergoing an array of exams in Boston for internal medical issues, including cancer.

The tests have prompted serious concern within the organization. Other than citing Lester’s ongoing back problems, Sox general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona have declined to address any matters concerning the health of one of their brightest prospects.

However, during the team’s nine-game road trip that ended today with a 7-2 loss to the Oakland A’s, Lester was diagnosed with enlarged lymph nodes, according to sources. Such a symptom can be caused by an array of issues, from infections to cancer.

I’m at a loss for words here. How many of us said that things couldn’t get any worse than having Big Papi in the hospital with a heart condition?

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The Patriots wind down the preseason tonight with an exhibition with the New York Giants. The BSMW Patriots Game Day crew has their weekly roundtable discussion on the team, probing such topics as Deion Branch, roster depth and Reche Caldwell.

You can browse through stories from newspapers and blogs around the region on the Patriots Daily Links page.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. WCVB has Patriots/Giants at 7:30. ESPN2 has Boston College/Central Michigan college football at 6:00.