Texas Rangers defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-4

It had been just nine days since Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein shot down the notion of Jon Lester filling in for the injured David Wells in a prime matchup against the Yankees in New York.

Epstein, loath to give in to the demands for information on the team's premier minor league starter, deemed the 22-year-old in ``finishing school," in the midst of a six-game stretch in which Lester went 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA at Triple A Pawtucket.

``He graduated this week," mana...