8/3/2014 7:38 P.M. ET
Lester thanks Boston fans in ad
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Lefty Jon Lester, traded to the Athletics a few days ago, took out an ad in Sunday's Boston Globe to thank Red Sox fans for their support.
"I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World Championships! Boston will always be home and the love that Red Sox Nation has shown me is something that I will forever cherish. You are truly the best fans in the world! I have been blessed to play with the greatest teammates who are family to me.
"I want to thank the Staff, Front Office and Ownership for always showing me respect and supporting me during the difficult times. This organization, the fans and this city have embraced my family and me. My wife, my children and I will always be grateful for the love and kindness that we have enjoyed in Boston. Thanks y'all!"
Lester won his first game for the Athletics on Saturday.
Newcomer Craig out again with foot soreness
BOSTON -- After making his debut for the Red Sox on Friday night, Allen Craig has been unable to go the past two days with soreness in his right foot.
It is the same foot that plagued Craig late last season and into the postseason, but not the same injury.
Manager John Farrell is hopeful Craig will return to the lineup for his homecoming to St. Louis on Tuesday night.
"Still day to day," said Farrell. "Still feels the soreness of when he crossed the bag the other night. We're hopeful he's back in the lineup when we get to St. Louis."
Daniel Nava again played right field, and Brock Holt made the start at third base.
It marked the second straight day Will Middlebrooks didn't start against a righty after he got the nod against lefty Chris Capuano on Friday.
"I wouldn't pin a platoon on it, but finding at-bats for Brock -- they'll come from come from the left side of the infield and as well as center field. He's earned those at-bats," said Farrell. "So I guess the better way to describe it is from those three positions, he's going to get nearly everyday at-bats."
Knuckleballer Wright promoted; Wilson sent down
BOSTON -- Steven Wright, who spent some time with the Red Sox last season, was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday for his first Majors stint in 2014.
The knuckleballer, who has been a starter at Triple-A, will work out of the bullpen.
Alex Wilson was sent back down to the Minors after working 2 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss.
"We needed it," Farrell said of Wright's promotion. "Needed length, we needed another fresh arm. He's been throwing a lot of strikes. He's pitched out of the bullpen for us here in the past. In the event that something we're to happen unforeseen to Clay [Buchholz] early on [in Sunday's game], we needed to protect ourselves with length."
At Pawtucket, Wright is 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 starts.
"I think the biggest thing is his strike throwing ability has been consistent and the action to the pitch has also been as consistent as the strike throwing," Farrell said. "There's a uniqueness to his style, we know. A contrast. And this isn't the first time he's been here."
Webster will get another turn in rotation
BOSTON -- Despite Allen Webster walking five batters in an inning on Saturday, and six in his 2 2/3-inning stint, manager John Farrell said the righty will get another turn in the rotation.
Webster's next start will most likely be on Friday night in Anaheim.
"He has a tendency to lead with his body a little bit more and it kind of spiraled in a way yesterday with him," said Farrell. "As that inning started unfolding, he started to lead more and more with his body and his arm had an inability to catch up consistently to get his release point out front."
The main thing the Red Sox want to make sure is that Webster doesn't lose confidence.
"When [pitching coach] Juan Nieves and I were talking during that inning and starting to outline some of the things that we needed to address in his next bullpen session, the one thing we have to be clear with Allen is, he's not as far away as he might seem coming out of that outing. Sure, the linescore doesn't lie, but he's a small adjustment away from being in the strike zone more consistently."