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TOR@BOS: Lester picks up eighth win before early exit

While the Padres and Red Sox don't have much of a history with each other, the teams' two managers go way back.

San Diego manager Bud Black and Red Sox manager John Farrell played together on the 1988 Cleveland Indians and have continued to stay in touch. Both are also the only current managers who were pitchers during their big league careers.

"John and I go obviously back to the late 80's as teammates. I think there's probably a similar position bond that we have and how we view our managerial situations," Black said. "But I think at the end of the day, even going back to when we played together and out relationship personally, he's a good baseball man. He knows baseball. He's got a great baseball mind. He thinks like a player and that can combine both pitching and position player. He's got a great feel for the game."

They will match wits when the two clubs square off again on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Coming off back-to-back wins, Jon Lester will be on the hill for the Red Sox. While he's had a string of recent success, Lester hasn't been the same dominant pitcher he was earlier this season.

Lester is 2-4 with a 6.99 ERA in his last eight starts, and opponents are hitting .316 against him during that span.

He'll be up against Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez, who had one of his best starts of the season his last time on the mound.

Dominating the Marlins once again, Volquez allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings for his sixth win of the season. Volquez also struck out eight in the contest and leads the Padres with 79 strikeouts.

"They got their hits, but he was able to slow them down," Black said after the game. "When they did stress him a little bit with baserunners, he made pitches."

Padres: Two players added on first day of international signing period
The Padres signed two players on Tuesday, the first day of the international signing period.

The Padres signed shortstop Ruddy Giron for $600,000 and right-hander Jaimito Lebron for $410,000.

Both players have had their age and identification cleared by Major League Baseball. Giron and Lebron are not eligible to play professionally until 2014, but can work out at the Dominican Republic complex and compete in instructional league there as well.

Red Sox: Drew likely out the next few games
Boston shortstop Stephen Drew will likely sit out the entire series against the Padres this week with a tight right hamstring.

Drew hasn't played since exiting Friday's game against the Blue Jays, and Farrell does not anticipate him playing before the Red Sox begin their West Coast road trip on Friday.

"He's improving," Farrell said before Tuesday's game. "He was able to get out and do some running today, some light jogging. But he's been responding favorable to treatment. [We] don't have a projected date this week when he'd get back on the field."

Drew is batting .233 with five home runs, six triples and 31 RBIs this season.

Worth noting
• The Red Sox said on Tuesday that they don't expect ace Clay Buchholz to be back before the All-Star break. The right-hander will need two rehab starts before returning to Boston's roster and Buchholz is still in the beginning stages of a throwing program he began after being placed on the disabled list.

• Padres outfielder Reymond Fuentes was added to the roster of the World Team in the Futures Game, which will be played on July 14 at Citi Field. Comments