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Jon Lester is really struggling

BALTIMORE — The road trip was a mixed bag for the Red Sox, who won two of three against Tampa Bay and dropped three of four to Baltimore. But there’s one glaring issue above the wins and losses — what’s happened to Jon Lester?

He was tattooed for seven runs vs. Tampa Bay and five runs vs. Baltimore Sunday. Someone considered your ace should win both games, but instead he lost two. You can’t escape the fact that Lester’s pitching has deteriorated, and, as hard as he’s tried to jump-start it, it hasn’t worked out. As we pointed out in a column last week, there’s nothing physically wrong with Lester, who again went over the 100-pitch count and again threw with his usual velocity.

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