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Red Sox deal Doubront to Cubs
The Red Sox did trade a lefty on Wednesday afternoon, but it was Felix Doubront, and not Jon Lester. Doubront has been sent to the Cubs for a player to be named later, which opened up a roster spot for Brandon Workman to start Wednesday night's game at Fenway against the Blue Jays.

Lester still in limbo as Deadline nears
As the Red Sox took batting practice prior to Wednesday's game -- their last before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Jon Lester remained in the only uniform he's ever worn during his career.

Workman uneven in spot start vs. Blue Jays
With Jon Lester reduced to spectator status in the dugout on a night he was originally scheduled to pitch, the reeling Red Sox suffered a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday night in their final game before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Red Sox lose challenge on Reyes' defensive gem
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia grounded a ball off Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez toward the hole and attempted to leg out the throw on a sparkling play by shortstop Jose Reyes in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 Toronto victory.

Red Sox limited in loss to Stroman, Blue Jays
While the possibility of Jon Lester being dealt before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline continues to hover around the Red Sox, the offense remains unable to generate any spark. A 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Fenway Park was the seventh loss in the last eight games for the defending World Series champions, who are 48-59.

Lester scratched from tonight's start as rumors swirl
If Jon Lester does get dealt by the Red Sox before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, he won't get to make a dramatic final start at Fenway Park. Following Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Boston manager John Farrell announced that Lester was scratched from tonight's start in the finale, and Brandon Workman will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to pitch.

Farrell meets with Doubront, stresses team focus
Felix Doubront looked lost on the mound during a short-yet-long relief appearance in Boston's 14-1 loss to Toronto, and while manager John Farrell dismissed the idea of Doubront being disinterested or unfocused, Boston's skipper said he's met with the lefty to discuss his appearance.

Ace for sale? Six logical destinations for Lester
Jon Lester makes his next -- and possibly last -- start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, though it would surprise exactly no one if he is dealt to a contending team prior to taking the mound.

Webster tabbed to face Yankees on Saturday
Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster won his first start of the season Sunday and will make his second start Saturday against the Yankees, manager John Farrell said Monday.

Farrell keeping players informed on possible deals
Red Sox manager John Farrell was never traded at the Deadline as a player, but he knows the feeling of speculation this time of year. So he said he tries to do everything he can to make sure players aren't in the dark as the rumor mill turns faster and faster this week.

Rough stretch continues with blowout loss to Jays
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz struggled in his five-plus innings, and reliever Felix Doubront didn't fare any better as the hurlers combined to allow 13 runs in Monday night's 14-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

Archer, Price respond to Ortiz's comments
Rays pitchers David Price and Chris Archer responded to David Ortiz's postgame comments about Archer from Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox -- which were themselves in response to Archer's own postgame interview -- on Monday afternoon.

Red Sox may be major movers at Trade Deadline
As the hours tick closer to Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, the stomachs in the Red Sox's clubhouse start to rumble a little more. Just nine months after winning the World Series, an underperforming team has put the front office into the position of at least exploring the possibility of subtracting major pieces of its core.

Betts leads Red Sox's updated Top 20 list
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.

Calling Lester a 'keeper,' Big Papi hopes ace stays
David Ortiz knows there are bound to be many trade rumors in the coming days, with the Red Sox in the rare position of perhaps being a seller leading into Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. But he cringes when he hears his longtime teammate Jon Lester mentioned in trade talks.

Archer calls out Big Papi for bat flip after HR
One of David Ortiz's signature bat flips brought David Price's early-season criticism of the Boston slugger back to the forefront Sunday at Tropicana Field. But this time, it was Price's teammate Chris Archer who wasn't happy with Ortiz's actions.

Battling inconsistency, Bogaerts sits out finale
Though Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts has shown more signs of life of late at the plate, he remains a bit inconsistent as he tries to work in some new mechanics. For Sunday's finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field, Bogaerts was out of the lineup and Brock Holt made the start at third base.

Big Papi's homer holds up as Sox halt slide at five
David Ortiz hit a three-run moon shot in the third inning Sunday afternoon, and it held up for the Red Sox in a 3-2 victory over the Rays in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. It also marked the end of a seven-game road trip in which the Sox won the first and last games, but lost the five in between.


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