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Name  Jon Lester
Born  1/7/1984
Height  6-2
Weight  240
Number  31
Position  SP
Bats  L
Throws  L
Hot7/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched like an ace again Thursday, but didn't get the win because his bullpen let him down.
Insight: Lester went seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits while striking out 12. His ERA as down to 2.65 which should normally amount to a better record than 9-7. I blame the offense more than the bullpen as three of his losses have come when he's yielded two runs or less.
7/5/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been hot recently and takes the mound against his favorite opponent -- the Orioles -- Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Insight: Over his previous three starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 0.82 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and five walks. Overall, his career winning percentage against Baltimore is tops among all his American League foes. In 26 starts against the O's, he owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and has struck out 139 batters in 163.1 innings.
Hot7/5/2014 5:14:00 AM
Description: He didn't get the win, but Boston left-hander Jon Lester pitched well against Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Over his previous five starts, Lester has a 0.95 ERA and 0.849 WHIP. He didn't get the win today, but he's helped your ERA, WHIP and strikeout totals.
Hot6/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester outdueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka Saturday night.
Insight: Lester allowed one run (zero earned) on five hits and struck out six in eight innings to improve to 9-7. He threw his last pitch with the score tied at one, but Mike Napoli went yard in the top of the ninth to make a winner out of the left-hander. Lester has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.29 BB/9, all career lows, and his 9.08 K/9 is his best since 2010.
Hot6/17/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester won for the eighth time Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Since getting roughed up by the Tigers two starts ago, Lester has gone 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He's now fourth on Boston's all-time strikeout list with 1,342 K's. Lester's next start is set for Sunday against Oakland.
6/17/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester said he would have "no hard feelings" if the team traded him this season. SOURCE: Ricky Doyle, NESN
Insight: Lester, who is pitching against the Twins on Tuesday, is in the final year of his contract. He's played his entire career in Boston and has already said he would be open to an extension if it came at the right price. Still, if the struggling Red Sox fall out of playoff contention, they could always press the reset button and trade Lester (7-7, 3.29 ERA) for prospects.
6/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Jon Lester was in the zone Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He finished with 12 punchouts in seven shutout innings. That gives Lester (6-6, 3.15 ERA) 95 K's for the season, which ties him with Corey Kluber for the league-lead. The Red Sox have followed up a ten-game losing streak by winning seven in a row.
5/3/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Jon Lester was dealing Saturday in a win over Oakland.
Insight: The left-hander racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing just one hit in eight innings. He'll make his next start Saturday versus Texas.
4/22/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester entered Tuesday's game having walked four batters in his first 29 innings this season but he issued four free passes against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester also allowed 11 hits and eight runs, though just three were earned so he was able to walk away with a 2.67 ERA. He struck out seven and has a 9.62 K/9 this season.
4/12/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Jon Lester recently turned down a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The offer was reportedly worth between $70-80 million. Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) figures he can make more on the open market this winter and he's probably right. Still, it's hard to envision him playing for anyone other than the Red Sox.
4/11/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester is off to a good start for the second straight season. The 30-year-old left-hander has a 20/4 K/BB and a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 innings.
3/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says the team is pressing the "pause button" on contract negotiations with Jon Lester. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Cherington expects the two sides to re-visit the deal before the offseason. Keep in mind, Dustin Pedroia signed his eight-year extension last July. We're confident a deal will get done sooner or later.
3/24/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are hoping to sign Jon Lester to a contract extension before the end of spring training. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: They took care of David Ortiz yesterday (one-year, $16 million extension) and now it's Lester's turn. Lester enjoyed a nice bounceback season in 2013, posting a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts. He'll get the start Opening Day against Baltimore next Monday.
1/23/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester acknowledged that he'd be willing to take a paycut to stay with the Red Sox. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: His contract expires after the 2014 season. We expect the two sides will have a new deal in place by the time spring training rolls around. Lester is coming off a resurgent 2013 campaign that included 15 wins and a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason appearances.
10/21/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have named Jon Lester their Game 1 starter for Wednesday's World Series opener. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: Lester, the winner of Thursday's Game 5 in Detroit, will be pitching on six days rest. He's 2-1 this postseason with a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
10/13/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was terrific Saturday in a loss to Detroit.
Insight: Lester did everything he could to keep the Red Sox in the game, allowing just one run in 6 1/3 innings. Boston's bats never woke up, however, and now the Sox head into Game 2 Sunday night with ground to make up. The lefthander is tentatively scheduled to start Game 5 on Thursday, assuming there is one.
10/10/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: Jon Lester will get the call Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: He'll be facing the winner of tonight's Tigers/A's game. Including the playoffs, Lester is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA since August 1st.
10/5/2013 9:01:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was outstanding Friday in a lopsided win over the Rays.
Insight: The Red Sox lefty went 7 2/3 innings for the victory, walking three with seven strikeouts. Two of the three hits he allowed were homers (one by Sean Rodriguez and one by Ben Zobrist) but both were solo shots. Friday was Lester's first postseason win in over five years (October 1, 2008 against the Angels).
9/30/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: According to a WEEI report, the Red Sox are likely to go with Jon Lester in Game 1 of the Division Series.
Insight: It's an easy choice as Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) was far and away Boston's best pitcher in the second half. John Lackey is likely to start Game 2 with either Jake Peavy or Clay Buchholz starting Game 3. The Red Sox will face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game in Cleveland.
Hot9/20/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester's seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Blue Jays helped Boston clinch the AL East.
Insight: Lester struck out eight, walked two and gave up five hits in his 15th win of the season. The lefty has been phenomenal down the stretch, going 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his last nine starts. He has won at least 15 games in five of his last six seasons, with 2012 being the exception.

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