Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

The weekend started off on a high note for the Boston Red Sox as they got a strong pitching performance from Clay Buchholz and some timely hitting from Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz. The weekend in Toronto ended with Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay completely dominating them as the Red Sox couldn’t get that timely hit.

Jon Lester pitched decently yesterday as he went 7 innings, allowing 3 runs. Unfortunately for him, two walks in the 2nd inning proved to be his undoing. He thought he was getting squeezed by home plate umpire Eric Cooper and even glared in at him while Jason Varitek was talking to Cooper. Whether or not he lost his composure for a moment or not remains to be seen, the next batter, Rod Barajas, followed with a double to put the Jays up front for good.

For whatever reason, the Red Sox don’t play well in domes. Even with the roof open the past two days, the Red Sox never really could get anything going. Maybe it’s the artificial turf, who knows.

As we are now just 11 days from the trade deadline, I’m sure the rumor mill will really start to buzz with Red Sox rumors among others. Obviously the big fish on the market is Halladay and while the Red Sox could be players, I don’t think they’ll end up with him. I see Doc Halladay going over to the National League.

A Sox killer strikes [Boston Globe]

Halladay lives up to his billing as one of MLB’s top pitchers [Providence Journal]

Roy Halladay blues [Boston Herald]

Eye of the storm could focus [Boston Globe]

Red Sox journal: Hitless in Toronto, Drew’s slump deepens [Providence Journal]

Roy Halladay leaves lasting impression [Boston Herald]

Struggles at leadoff hardly are top secret [Boston Globe]

Five Things We Learned: Shortstop Isn’t the Only Red Sox Revolving Door [Alex Speier –]

Top bat in order an issue for Red Sox [Boston Herald]

For more slices of Boston Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Providence Journal websites.

And if the enemy papers are more your flavor, you can head over to the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun websites.