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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn has been insisting all season he feels great, even while he was piling up strikeouts at the beginning of the year. Cheap Tom Brady Jersey . Its not so hard to believe him right now. Dunn hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Chicago White Sox handed Jon Lester his first loss with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. "It was hard to sit here and keep saying over and over and over how good I felt, with no results," Dunn said. "Hopefully these results keep coming and people start believing me that I wasnt lying to them." Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez added consecutive RBI doubles in the second as Chicago took advantage of an ineffective Lester (6-1) to earn its fifth win in seven games in the opener of an eight-game homestand. The White Sox scored each of their runs with two outs. "The first innings good, but you know for me, that next inning when you get a couple doubles and you score like that, thats a good sign," manager Robin Ventura said. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who had won five in a row. Saltalamacchia made a bid for a second two-run shot, but Dayan Viciedo brought in his drive on the warning track in left-centre with the White Sox clinging to a 6-4 lead in the seventh. Boston right fielder Shane Victorino was running the bases in the sixth when his left hamstring started to bother him, and he was replaced in the field in the bottom of the inning. He also missed games on Friday and Saturday with a back injury. "He felt the left hamstring grab him, little bit of a spasm," manager John Farrell said. "Given what hes been dealing with, low back, I wasnt going to take any chances in that situation." Farrell said Victorino was day to day, and the team would proceed cautiously. Lester was trying to become the first left-handed starter to win his first seven decisions for Boston since Roger Moret in 1973. But he was shaky in the first couple of innings while falling to 4-5 in 10 career games against the White Sox to go along with a 5.43 ERA, his highest against any AL team. "Chicago, for some reason, I dont feel like Ive ever pitched well here for whatever reason," Lester said. "It is what it is, and it always goes back down to executing pitches at the right time, and I didnt execute the pitch in the first inning. That changed the whole momentum of the game." Lester retired his first two batters before running into trouble. Alex Rios singled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games and Paul Konerko walked before Dunn drove a 2-0 pitch to right for his fifth homer in seven games and No. 11 on the year. Dunn also walked before Viciedo singled home Ramirez to make it 6-2 in the fifth. The burly slugger is batting .360 with 13 RBIs in his last seven games, raising his average 39 points to .172 for the year. "When hes right, he can do a lot of damage," Ventura said. "His pitch selection is good. I dont know mechanically exactly what it is but when a guy knows hes in the right position to hit and hes more confident, it comes down to pitch selection." Lester retired the side in order in the sixth, and that was it for him. He allowed five earned runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out two. While Lester struggled, Dylan Axelrod (2-3) pitched six effective innings to win his second straight start. The right-hander, who could lose his spot in the rotation when John Danks comes off the disabled list, gave up two runs and four hits. "Its easy to have a lead and pitch to contact and just let the defence work," he said. Axelrod acknowledged that he thinks about his role with Danks almost back from August shoulder surgery, but Ventura said theres still a bit to go before a decision has to be made. "Johns going to throw next couple of days, and then well find out exactly, go from there," Ventura said. "But again, its not going to be easy for anybody. Well make that decision when we get there." Matt Thornton yielded Will Middlebrooks two-run double in the seventh and Jesse Crain extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings before Addison Reed finished for his 15th save in 16 chances. With one out and a runner on first in the ninth, Middlebrooks hit a drive that De Aza caught at the wall in centre field. Konerko then made a diving stop on Stephen Drews grounder and flipped the ball to Reed covering first to end the game. The White Sox improved to 9-9 at home on the first night of a stretch of 17 of 23 games in Chicago that includes two against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. If the White Sox (20-23) can turn around their sluggish play at U.S. Cellular Field, it could be a chance to make up some ground in the bunched AL Central. NOTES: The Red Sox activated closer Andrew Bailey from the 15-day disabled list. He had been out since April 29 with right biceps inflammation. ... Chicago 2B Gordon Beckham, placed on the disabled list April 12 with a broken bone in his left wrist, played shortstop in a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday night. Ventura said Beckham could return to the team by the end of the week. ... LHPs Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.03 ERA) of the Red Sox and Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.97) of the White Sox are slated to pitch Tuesday. Youth Tom Brady Jersey . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. Tom Brady Jersey Throwback . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. https://www.sportsstarsjerseys.com/ . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. TEMPE, Ariz. -- Nearly nine months after he tore an ACL and underwent knee surgery for the second time in three seasons, Tyrann Mathieu is back and ready to go in the Arizona Cardinals season opener against New England on Sunday night.Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu will play every down. Defensive coordinator James Boettcher said his do-everything All-Pro defensive back is where he left off last year.Mathieu is a little more cautious.Asked on Thursday if he would be at 100 percent for the game, he just smiled and said, Well see.He will wear a brace, but a much smaller one than he did after his first surgery.If Im out there Im going to make some plays, he said. I just want to be prepared mentally. Physically Im all right. Well see how it goes.All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson indicated the Cardinals would ease Mathieu back into the game.Im ecstatic to have my partner in crime back on the field with me, Peterson said. Im looking for nothing but big plays from him. Were going to take it slow with him the first couple of weeks to see how hes acclimated to things.Mathieu, the Honey Badger to his legion of fans, didnt play in any preseason games but Arians and Boettcher said the 5-foot-9 dynamo was making big plays in practice.I think he had his hand on three balls today in practice, Boettcher said. Hes himself. Were excited hes back. Hes running around in practice, playing fast, doing a great job of communicating.The Caardinals defense was never quite the same after Mathieu went down Dec. Signed Michael Jordan Jersey. 20 in Philadelphia. His passion for the game and energy rubs off on the whole team, even the offense.Just from a morale standpoint, losing him last year was a kick in the stomach, receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. You see a guy whos battled back from injury the year before and to see it happen again, it was demoralizing for all of us. You feel sorry for him but you also feel sorry for your team because he was such a big part of it.Mathieu said he is anxious to play in front of the whole world. Im just ready to show people Im at work on Sunday.Despite his injuries to each knee, the Cardinals signed him to a five-year, $62.5 million contract with $21.25 million guaranteed in a show of just how much the charismatic cornerback-safety means to the franchise.Now he wants to resume the role that made him such an important part of the team.Its Sunday night football, he said. The intensity will be high. I just really want to raise the energy of everybody around me and hopefully my energy stays high for four quarters.Fitzgerald expects it will be.Hes going to be out there playing with his hair on fire, Fitzgerald said, like he always does.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 
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