• Red Sox name Lester starter for Opening Day

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Mar 27, 2013
    He's had a very strong Spring Training. " Jon Lester will be the Opening Day starter when the Boston Red Sox face the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Monday . After weeks of speculation, manager John Farrell finally made it official on Wednesday morning, telling Lester the news a few hours before he turned in a dominant performance in his final start of Spring Training. "All the words honored, privileged all of that, especially for this organization, to be named that," said Lester. In six Grapefruit League starts, Lester went 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA, looking a lot more like the pitcher who dominated from 2008-11 than the one who stumbled last year. Farrell said Lester has reverted back to the delivery that made him a dominant pitcher for four years before his ERA blew up to 4.82 last season, when he gave up 216 hits in 205 1/3 innings and had his lowest strikeout total since 2008. "The hardest part about Opening Day, I would say, is just all the hoopla, all the stuff leading up to the first pitch, because once the first pitch is there, it's the same game. Once you get out there and the quicker you realize, 'OK, this is just like five days ago in Fort Myers, only it means something,' the easier it is to get through that."
    Sources: MLB.com ESPN.com

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