BOSTON (AP) - Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is having his next start pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place on the mound Sunday against the New York Yankees.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced the change Saturday before the teams met for the middle game of the three-game weekend series.
Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) has struggled since starting 6-0 start this season. He has allowed at least five runs in five of his last 11 starts, giving up four in three others.
Lester is now scheduled to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Farrell didn't cite any specific reason for the rotation change, but said ``two extra days will help him.''

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers Win Total Prediction Will the Los Angeles Dodgersbe the team to beat in the National League in 2017? Here’s our pick for their win total this season.
Thumbnail Angels Win Total Prediction Can the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season this year? Here’s our breakdown of the win...
Thumbnail Houston Astros Win Total Prediction The Houston Astros flirted with a playoff appearance in 2016. Can they have a successful season in 2017?
Thumbnail Rockies Win Total Prediction Will the 2017 season be the one where the Colorado Rockies make a move to be a winning team?
Thumbnail World Baseball Classic Final Prediction Will the USA knock off Puerto Rico tonight in the World Baseball Classic Championship at 9:00PM ET?

MLB Team Pages