Lester to get long break; Tek to be honored

BOSTON -- Jon Lester, who is starting the series finale against the Yankees on Sunday night, will have an extended break since Valentine decided the southpaw would not start again until July 16, when the Red Sox host the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

Later that week, the Sox will have a "Thanks, Tek Day" on July 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays to honor longtime Sox catcher and captain Jason Varitek, who retired on March 1 after 15 seasons in Boston. The ceremony is slated to start around 6:30 p.m. ahead of the 7:10 scheduled first pitch.