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Game 74: June 17, 2008
WinRed Sox 3 W: Jon Lester (6-3)
H: Hideki Okajima (14)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (20)
45-29, 1 game winning streak
Phillies 0 W: Jaimie Moyer (7-4) 42-31, 1 game losing streak
Highlights: Another thing Hank Steinbrenner and I agree on: Mike Mussina should pitch like Moyer. Just swap over to the sinister side after a lifetime of throwing right-handed. Easy peasy! Look, Lester can do it, too.

Coco Crisp tried out his home run swing in another dainty National League park. The Red Sox center fielder has hit a homer in each of his last three starts; two in Great American and one in Citizens Bank Park in the second inning. Should Crisp and the Red Sox decide to part ways, senior circuit scouts take note.

Good things come in threes: the last three starts by Jon Lester have been quality starts and wins to boot. This win brings Boston’s record in shutouts to 6-5 so far this season.

Three innings remained in the game when I switched over to Game 6 to watch the latest incarnation of the Big Three dribble their way into history. Lately Kobe Bryant has been to compared to Alex Rodriguez as both are supreme talents, perhaps the best in their respective leagues. But neither have been unable to carry a team to the championship podium on their own. The 131-92 victory was the second biggest margin in NBA playoff history and the largest difference in a championship-clinching game. The Celtics distanced themselves from the Laker franchise title total of 14 and kept Phil Jackson tied with Red Auerbach at nine rings.

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