I can deal with the Red Sox loss from last night, because it came with some indications that Jon Lester might be getting back on track. Lester pitched a quality start, and while he was tagged for the loss, the fact that he made it through 6.1 innings and allowed just three runs gives me hope for the rest of the season.
I suppose it's appropriate for the final start before the All-Star break to go to rookie Brandon Workman, especially in a year full of youthful contributions and surprising successes. Workman made his major league debut just three nights ago, giving up three runs in two innings out of the bullpen, and setting his ERA at an unwieldy 13.50.
Interestingly enough, Workman will face off against 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, the portly pitcher who cut his one Red Sox season short when he hurt himself swinging a bat during interleague play in 2008.
Colon is having his best season in over a decade, so a win tonight could be a tall order for Workman - but after being shut out last night, I have to believe the Red Sox bats are due for some fireworks, so hopefully the rookie will get a hefty amount of run support.