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Sox win in lefty's return
Red Sox 6, Indians 2
Jon Lester has returned from a form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. (AP)
 Reporter Browne on Lester's return
 Manny drives in two
Jon Lester showed no rust in making his first start with the Red Sox in '07, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings in the Sox's opener win over the Indians. Boston provided some early support with a four-run first, keyed by Manny Ramirez's two-run double.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (60-39)
Won 4
Boston 6, Cleveland 2   CLE
Cleveland (58-41)
Lost 1
July 23, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   6 14 0
Cleveland
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 1
Standings thru 7/23/07  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Indians Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Crisp, CF5340001.284
Pedroia, 2B5131002.325
Youkilis, 1B4121111.312
Ramirez, DH4122123.298
Drew, RF5011015.252
Lowell, 3B5010015.305
Varitek, C2000200.267
Hinske, LF3000101.211
Lugo, SS4010002.225
Totals3761455520 

BATTING
2B: Ramirez (22, Westbrook), Crisp (15, Westbrook).
TB: Crisp 5; Pedroia 3; Youkilis 2; Ramirez 3; Drew; Lowell; Lugo.
RBI: Ramirez 2 (60), Drew (38), Youkilis (48), Pedroia (30).
2-out RBI: Youkilis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lugo; Lowell 2.
GIDP: Lowell; Pedroia; Drew.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
CS: Lowell (2, 2nd base by Westbrook/Shoppach).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis, Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis).

 
ClevelandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sizemore, CF4112013.272
Michaels, LF4000020.277
Blake, 3B3020100.275
Hafner, DH4000023.260
Garko, 1B3010011.321
Peralta, SS3010101.281
Gutierrez, RF3000023.302
  a-Nixon, PH1000000.245
Shoppach, C2000110.309
  b-Francisco, PH1000000.275
Barfield, 2B3110003.256
Totals312623914 

a-Flied out for Gutierrez in the 9th. b-Grounded out for Shoppach in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Garko (17, Lester).
HR: Sizemore (18, 3rd inning off Lester, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Sizemore 4; Blake 2; Garko 2; Peralta; Barfield.
RBI: Sizemore 2 (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sizemore 2.
GIDP: Peralta; Gutierrez.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Blake (10, throw).
PB: Shoppach (1).
DP: 3 (Barfield-Peralta-Garko, Garko-Peralta-Garko, Blake-Barfield-Garko).

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lester (W, 1-0)6.05223613.00
Timlin (H, 4)1.11000103.31
Lopez (H, 9)0.10000103.29
Delcarmen (S, 1)1.10000101.56
 
ClevelandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Westbrook (L, 1-6)6.010554106.20
Lewis 1.02000101.69
Stanford 1.02100004.13
Mastny 1.00001304.43

Stanford pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

HBP: Garko (by Lester).
Pitches-strikes: Lester 96-55, Timlin 19-13, Lopez 4-3, Delcarmen 16-12, Westbrook 112-65, Lewis 24-15, Stanford 17-10, Mastny 18-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lester 7-5, Timlin 0-3, Lopez 0-0, Delcarmen 2-1, Westbrook 15-1, Lewis 0-2, Stanford 1-2, Mastny 0-0.
Batters faced: Lester 25, Timlin 5, Lopez 1, Delcarmen 4, Westbrook 28, Lewis 5, Stanford 5, Mastny 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Lopez 1-0, Delcarmen 1-0, Mastny 1-0.
Umpires: HP: CB Bucknor. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Ed Hickox.
Weather: 72 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 11 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:16.
Att: 32,439.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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