The Red Sox dropped three of four at Fenway Park this weekend to the Texas Rangers, including yesterday’s 4-2 loss in which Jon Lester went eight innings, giving up three runs, but the offense couldn’t help him out, managing just five hits on the afternoon. 

 The Red Sox are in Oakland tonight, where they will kick off a 10 games in 10 nights West coast road trip in Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim.

It’s a pretty sparse morning for sports stories, so I’ll get you the best I can find this morning:

Red Sox face tough road ahead – Gordon Edes gives us 10 things to look for on this 10 day, 10 game West coast trip.

Why these are the Red Sox’ 10 most important games of the season – Rob Bradford examines why this is make-or-break time for the Red Sox.

Injuries catching up with Red Sox offense – Brian MacPherson looks at the the toll injuries to Pedroia, Martinez and Ellsbury are taking on the Red Sox.

As the Red Sox approach the trade deadline, more spending will be no luxury – Ron Chimelis says that money will not be a factor in whether the Red Sox make a big move this month or not.

Cape League memories – Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard remembers playing in the Cape League, and weighs in on the trade deadline.

Bowden likes move to pen so far – The ProJo Red Sox Journal ties up a number of open subjects.

New England may no longer be standing pat in the AFC East – Glen Farley opens his Patriots preview series with a peek at the competition in the division.

Patriots Will Have to Improve 1-6 Road Mark To Survive Tough AFC – Jeff Howe says that mark isn’t going to cut it this season.

Celtics Rookie Avery Bradley Primed to Lock Down Important Bench Role Immediately – Evans Clinchy says that the Celtics top pick can make a difference right away.

‘Oos’ and aahs deserved – George Kimball in the Herald looks at the dominant performance by South African Louis Oosthuizen in The Open Championship.