Jon Lester traded to Oakland

Lester is the centerpiece of a deal that also sends Jonny Gomes to Oakland, while Boston receives All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

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‘His best days are still ahead of him’

Nick Cafardo introduces us to Yoenis Cespedes, whom the Red Sox acquired from Oakland.

John Lackey traded to Cardinals

Lackey’s roller coaster Red Sox tenure has come to an end, with outfielder Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly coming to Boston.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

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Losing Jon Lester is tough, but with a premiere slugger in an era where power is hard to find, the Red Sox came out of the trade pretty well.

Meet Yoenis Cespedes, new Red Sox outfielder

Cespedes, the two-time defending Home Run Derby champ, brings a big bat and a powerful right arm to Fenway Park.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

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As they bid farewell to Jon Lester, the Red Sox have plans that will make them a competitive team again next season.

Guide to baseball’s trade deadline day

Baseball teams have until 4 p.m. Thursday to get what they need for a playoff run. Here’s a guide to the action.

Red Sox fans upset about fate of Jon Lester

From chants during Wednesday’s game to social media outbursts, fans let team management know they didn’t want to see Jon Lester leave.

Tom Brady spoke after practice on Thursday.

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Tom Brady: ‘No days off for the quarterback’

Brady said he considers it his job to set a good example for other Patriots players in how they approach practice.

Contrite Ray Rice: Actions ‘totally inexcusable’

Rice said his actions when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee are ‘‘something I have to live with for the rest of my life.’’

Bob Ryan

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Kevin Paul Dupont

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