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Up and down Sox win one they needed

The Red Sox have hovered around .500 for a week now. One day they look good, the next they look bad.

Tonight was one of the good days. Jon Lester continued his hot streak, the Sox pummeled A.J. Burnett and now they’re 5-2 on a homestand that has three games to go.

“That was one we needed,” Jeremy Hermida said.

At some point soon — or so they believe — the Red Sox will put .500 behind and pile up some wins. The Blue Jays come to town tomorrow having won eight of their last 10. It’ll be John Lackey against Brandon Morrow.

A few updates:

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* Adrian Beltre wore clear glasses because of the wind. It was the first time he has tried them in a game and liked it. His eyes get watery in the wind.

* Mike Cameron will DH at Pawtucket tomorrow then play center field on Tuesday. He’ll rejoin the Sox on Wednesday and work out. They’ll decide then what comes next.

* Jacoby Ellsbury’s timetable has not been so precisely mapped out. He’s a few days behind Cameron.

* Ramon Ramirez played catch before the game. He said he felt better after leaving Sunday’s game with triceps tendinitis.

* Hermida’s 15 two-out RBI match Nick Swisher of the Yankees for the most in the AL. He’s not hitting for average but he has had some big hits, hasn’t he?

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* Lester has allowed three earned runs in his last 27.2 innings. He has dropped his ERA from 8.44 to 3.71.

Thanks to everybody for reading today. Come back for more tomorrow.

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