Jon Lester exits no-hit bid with strained lat muscle

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9:00 p.m. EDT: Lester left Tuesday’s game with a strained left lat muscle.  The Red Sox didn’t even try calling him day-to-day, so it sounds like he’ll be placed on the DL on Wednesday.  Michael Bowden could be called up to help out of the pen until a fifth starter is needed.

8:45 p.m. EDT: The Red Sox have gone an unusually long time without any update on Lester’s condition, which doesn’t seem like very good news.  Plus, Jose Bautista just broke up the Lester-Albers combined no-hitter that lasted 5 2/3 innings.

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No word yet on what might be wrong, but Jon Lester was just removed from his start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday after throwing four hitless innings.

Lester showed no sign of injury on his final pitch of the fourth, a cutter that caught Adam Lind looking.  The Red Sox, however, got Matt Albers up in the bottom of the inning and brought him in to replace Lester in the top of the fifth.

Lester, who wasn’t picked for next week’s All-Star Game, is 10-4 with a 3.43 ERA this season.  He left with a 3-0 lead tonight, but since he didn’t go five, he’ll be ineligible for the victory.

If Lester joins rotation mates Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) on the DL, the Red Sox could pull Alfredo Aceves out of the bullpen to replace him.  Alternatively, they have Kevin Millwood in Triple-A.  Since a poor debut with Pawtucket, he has a 3.47 ERA and a 33/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.

Chris Woodward interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial position

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The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.

Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.

While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.