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Jon Lester doesn't get much help

Updated: August 11, 2011, 2:48 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Red Sox bullpen was more tapped out than a keg at a beer league softball game.

Manager Terry Francona didn't have Jonathan Papelbon after three straight appearances, and wanted to stay away from Daniel Bard and Matt Albers, both of whom had pitched in three of the previous four.

So Francona put the load on the broad shoulders of Jon Lester on Wednesday, all but telling him, "Your game, big boy. Go as deep as you can."

It nearly worked. Fatigue ...

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