Saturday May 26, 2012 | 08:39 AM

All the late-game silliness between the Red Sox and the Rays may overshadow one key part of Friday night's game. Jon Lester lasted four innings: 6 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K. He is now 3-4 with  4.72 ERA.

With Clay Buchholz getting hit hard every game and Daniel Bard still figuring out this starting thing, the Red Sox cannot afford Lester to have too many more of these outings.

The Sea Dogs will be on NESN at 1 p.m., but not in the way the network figured. The plan was to showcase pitcher Anthony Ranaudo ... but Ranaudo is pitching the "second game" today. At 1 p.m., Friday night's suspended game will resume in the fifth inning. Fog halted Friday's game.

After the suspended game is finished, then Ranaudo takes the mound. We assume NESN will still be on the air, but there has been no definite word.

Salem cruised Friday. Drake Britton settled down after giving up 3 hits and 2 runs in the first inning. He allowed 1 hit and 0 runs over the next four frames ... Jackie Bradley (.364) was 0-for-1 with three walks as he nears a .500 on-base percentage (now .497).

Greenville outfielder Kuery De La Cruz (.313) went 2-for-5 Friday, with four RBI and his 8th HR ... starter Miguel Pena (4-2, 2.09) gave up one earned run and struck out 9 in 5 innings.

The tweets will be flying in today at ClearTheBases

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