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Lack-Lester pitching doesn't cut it

Sox need presumed aces Jon Lester, Josh Beckett to be better in second half

Updated: July 9, 2012, 4:25 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- If pitching wins championships, the Boston Red Sox have a long way to go in 2012.

As the All-Star break arrived early Monday morning after the New York Yankees took three of four games against the Sox, it's evident that Boston's starting pitching needs to improve in the second half or there won't be a postseason in Boston for a third straight year.

The idea of an ace pitcher on this staff is almost nonexistent.

It's definitely not Jon Lester or Josh Beckett. ...

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