Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-2

The symmetry of last night's starting pitchers made the billing impossible to resist.

Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir are both 25, both lefthanded, and both players their franchises consider bedrock. Lester and Kazmir, who met in the season's second game, figure to shape baseball's best burgeoning rivalry for years. It was a pitching duel fit for a boxing poster.

But Lester vs. Kazmir shouldn't have been a fair fight. No place brought Lester more comfort last season than Fe...