The Red Sox wrapped up a four-game series in Kansas City yesterday afternoon with a 6-1 win behind Jon Lester. Darnell McDonald and Carl Crawford homered in the Red Sox decimated lineup, and Lester picked up his 13th win of the season.

Lester, Red Sox take series finale from Royals, 6-1 – Joe Haggerty has the game story feature.

Under the microscope: Carl Crawford – John Tomase says that Crawford gets sad when people criticize him.

Why Erik Bedard might be a better fit in Boston than many imagined – Alex Speier notes that for all the media blabber that Bedard couldn’t handle the pressure of the Boston media or that he didn’t even like baseball that much, the lefty might just be a great fit here in Boston.

Red Sox have to show that they can compete in Texas – Tim Britton has the Red Sox with something to prove this week against the Rangers.

Having fun yet, Sox fans? – I’ve read Bill Burt’s column three times, and still can’t figure out what his point is. The Red Sox are beat up. They don’t look as good as their record. The Red Sox and Yankees have bought their way into the postseason. The Rays have been forced to rebuild. The Phillies are going to smoke everyone in the postseason.

Varitek gets up to speed – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox 39-year-old catcher picking up his first triple since 2007 yesterday. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Jarrod Saltalamacchia emerging as a reliable front-line catcher. The Red Sox Journal has Ryan Lavarnway working on his catching even while serving as DH. The notes from Joe Haggerty have Daniel Bard putting up another solid outing.

Alleged groping may put Albert Haynesworth on sidelines – Laurel J. Sweet looks at the sex abuse trial for the new Patriot, which starts up this week.

For Pats, the richer the better – Mike Reiss looks at the seemingly stacked defensive line that the Patriots have built.

Patriots defense in a rush to get to QB – Karen Guregian has Bill Belichick finally unleashing the beast.

Patriots TE Yeatman sports credentials – Nicole Auerbach has a look at the former lacrosse star’s path to the NFL.

For one night at least, 32-year-old Carter was acting like a kid with the Patriots – Glen Farley has Andre Carter talking about his impressive performance against the Bucs.

Four years later, Garrett Mills back – Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots taking another look at their 2006 draft choice. The Patriots Journal has former Jet James Ihedigbo living a dream. The Globe notebook from Monique Walker has more from Carter.


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