Jon Lester struggled in his second outing of the season, and the Boston bats were shut down by the Minnesota pitching staff as the Twins beat the Red Sox 5-2 in the first-ever game played at Target Field.

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Here are the best sports stories from around New England today:

Loss aside, a beautiful day for baseball in Minnesota – Jon Couture says that yesterday was “truly a special day.” Make sure you also get Reloaded.

Lester off target in Red Sox loss – Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester struggling once again in April.

Red Sox running into trouble? – Alex Speier has the Red Sox still having issues throwing out base stealers.

Wakefield’s longevity in perspective – Jeremy Lundblad looks at the remarkable career of the knuckleballer, even as his age and experience continue to make history.

Some hope for Ortiz – Sean McAdam’s notebook has the Red Sox looking for reasons to be optimistic about their DH.

Jets, Ryan not kings of the hill yet – Mike Reiss weighs in with a rare opinion piece, noting that the rush to anoint the Jets as the new NFL super power might just be a bit premature.

Finley on Daniels: ‘Still my rookie’ – Jessica Camerato looks at the reunion of Michael Finley and Marquis Daniels, who were teammates with the Mavericks.

Tony Gaffney set to join the Boston Celtics on Tuesday – Scott Coen has the former UMass star set to get a late season cup of coffee with the Celtics.

Draft fortunes will predict Bruins’ future – Rich Garven says that the fate of the Bruins franchise for years to come will be decided with the NHL lottery tonight.

Bruins Report Card – Stephen Harris serves up season ending  grades for the Bruins, and so does Dan Rowinski.

Also check out Chris Warner’s Q&A With UMass S Jeromy Miles. Miles was ranked as the third best pass defending safety in the country by Rick Gosselin.


According to the Globe Bruins’ notebook:

NESN will carry all but one of the Bruins’ first-round games. NBC (Channel 7) will have exclusive rights to Saturday’s matinee at HSBC Arena. Versus will air Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden, but the network will be blacked out in New England.

Eastern Bank, with its new sponsorship as the official bank of the Boston Red Sox television network. announced three new promotions yesterday.  There will be the Boys & Girls Clubs program, in which Eastern Bank will donate $500 to a specified Boys & Girls Club in eastern Massachusetts for every Red Sox victory. There will also be the “Home Team Sweepstakes” with grand prizes to be awarded throughout the summer, and the Olympia Sports promotion, where consumers using their Eastern Bank Debit MasterCard® after opening a new Eastern Bank checking account of their choice can receive an Olympia Sports gift certificate up to $125.

This year’s Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Tournament will be held at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA on May 15. The game will start at 7:05 PM. There are two types of tickets available for the game; V.I.P. and general admission. V.I.P. tickets will be $150 and general admission are $10. Tickets can be bought here

The proceeds for this event will benefit the United Way, Faulk’s charity of choice.