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31 Jon Lester SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 1/7/1984 | Birthplace: Tacoma, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/81 | Average Draft Position: 95.58
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Jon Lester Ks 12 in no-decision vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was unable to factor into the decision Thursday afternoon against the White Sox. The right-hander yielded one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out 12 over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 23 innings, Lester has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 2.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (129 innings). It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Jon Lester shows great command


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw 118 pitches Saturday against the Tigers, including 83 strikes. That was his highest total since he fired 83 strikes, also against the Tigers, on May 30, 2012.

"I felt good,” Lester told WEEI.com. "Fastball command has been pretty good, I feel like I’ve gotten the consistency back with my cutter, which has been helpful at times – just getting in on rightys. All in all, I was just moving the ball around pretty well and keeping it down – keeping the ball on the ground."


Hard-luck Jon Lester saddled with no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Just one more inning and one less error and Red Sox ace Jon Lester would have had his 10th win. As it was, he performed quite well against the visiting Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Lester gave up two unearned runs on just five hits in eight innings with no walks and seven strikeouts, but took a no-decision as his offense couldn't break a 2-2 tie until the bottom of the ninth. His shutout pitching was ruined by an error in the third inning that allowed both runs to score.

He will hope for better luck Thursday against the White Sox.


Jon Lester, Miguel Gonzalez pushed back to Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The postponement of the Red Sox-Orioles clash Friday has pushed back the starters for that game to the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Jon Lester will pitch for Boston with Miguel Gonzalez taking the hill for Baltimore.

John Lackey will start the nightcap for the Red Sox with Ubaldo Jimenez going for the Orioles.


Jon Lester hasn't reopened negotiations with Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Starting pitcher Jon Lester refuted the rumors that he has resumed contract negotiations with the Red Sox. In fact, he is upset the rumors have become an unwelcomed distraction.

"I think it’s an added distraction that we don’t need right now," Lester said, per WEEI.com. "We need to focus on playing good baseball and getting back to the top of the East and going from there, hopefully getting to the playoffs. We don’t need to be worried about my contract stuff. That’s the last thing I want these guys to have to answer questions about. I mean, kind of like (Sunday) -- we got a big win, took a series from the Yankees, playing good baseball and we’re sitting here talking about this. This is the last thing we need to be talking about right now.

"I don’t think they’ve started anything. I know the conversation has been there throughout the season, different topics. Like I said from the beginning of the season, everything is amicable. Conversations continue. But nothing as far as contract or numbers or anything like that."


Jon Lester pitches eight innings in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester picked up a win Saturday, giving up just an unearned run on five hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out six in his team's 2-1 victory over the Yankees.

Lester (9-7) has turned in four straight quality starts, going 3-0 during that stretch. The only run he surrenderd Saturday came in the third inning, when the leadoff runner reached on an error then came home after a hit batsman, sacrifice and groundout. Lester owns a 2.92 ERA and 115:29 K:BB ratio in 114 innings. He's slated to face the Orioles Friday.


Jon Lester finally gets over .500 with win over Twins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester won his second decision in a row Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Twins.

Lester limited the Twins to just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work, matching his effort from the previous start. He scattered four hits and a walk in the outing, while striking out six on 109 pitches.

Lester improved his record to 8-7, the first time he has been over .500 all season. He enters his next start, set for Sunday in Oakland. 


Jon Lester gets back to .500 Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester got back to .500 on Thursday with a win over the Indians. The southpaw permitted two runs -- one earned -- on eight hits and one walk while striking out four over 7 2/3 innings of a 5-2 win.

Lester owns a 3.33 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 92 innings of work. He will look to climb over .500 for the first time this season on Tuesday at home against Minnesota.

Jon Lester fails to record a strikeout in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Saturday's game between the Red Sox and Tigers was billed as a matchup of the team's two aces, but Jon Lester did not live up to the hype in an 8-6 loss.

Lester fell below .500 with the loss, and he failed to complete the fifth inning for just the second time all season. He was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings, and was clearly not at the top of his game. Lester allowed 12 hits and walked one batter, while failing to record a strikeout for just the third time in his career.

Lester has been the pitcher of record in each of his starts this season, and fell to 6-7 after Saturday's loss. He carries a 3.52 ERA into his next outing, set for Thursday against the Indians. 


Jon Lester: Contract won't be a distraction


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who's in the final year of his deal, said he won't let contract talks become a distraction.

"The contract talks will come at the right time," he told the Boston Globe. "Right now we need to worry about what focusing on we need to do tomorrow to win and not let this be a distraction for anybody else in the clubhouse. Like I said, that time’ll come, whether it’s tomorrow, I don’t know. Whether it’s in the offseason, I don’t know. We’ll figure that out as we go."

The Red Sox have indicated they want to sign Lester to an extension.


Jon Lester Ks 12 in gem vs. Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester put together a dominant outing, striking out 12 to improve to 6-6 on the year in his team's 4-0 victory over the Rays on Sunday.

Lester scattered four hits and walked one in seven shutout innings, improving his ERA from 3.45 to 3.15. Of his 112 pitches, 73 were strikes. Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Lester has allowed three earned runs.

Following the home win, Lester will look to jump over .500 for the first time this season Saturday at Detroit.

Red Sox expected to open talks to Jon Lester


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Red Sox are expected to open extension talks with pitcher Jon Lester, according to WEEI.

The 30-year-old pitcher is set to become a free-agent after the season. He's performed well, posting a 3.45 ERA over 73 innings. The team has likely engaged in contract talks with Lester, and those are expected to continue during the season.


Jon Lester strikes out seven in quality start vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester earned a win Tuesday after giving up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-3 victory over the Braves.

Lester (5-6) delivered his ugliest line of the season in his last start (6.1 IP, 7 ER), but he was able to rebound Tuesday to record his fourth quality start in his last five outings. He owns a 3.45 ERA and 83:21 K:BB ratio in 73 innings. Lester will match up with the Rays Sunday.


Jon Lester hit hard early in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester stumbled Thursday against the Blue Jays, in a 7-2 loss that dropped him two games under .500.

Lester pitched pretty well from the third inning on, but the first two innings were more than enough to cost him the game. He was tagged for two runs in the first inning and then five in the second, finishing with seven earned runs allowed in 6 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 10 hits and walked two batters, while striking out just three on 106 pitches in the loss.

Lester is now 4-6 on the season and riding a two-game losing streak, having picked up a decision in each of his starts this season. He carries a 3.36 ERA into his next outing, set for Tuesday in Atlanta. 


Jon Lester pegged with tough-luck loss Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester lasted five innings in a solid outing, but failed to receive any run support, dropping to 4-5 on the year in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.

Lester allowed a run-scoring single to Torii Hunter in the opening frame, which proved to be the difference. He yielded one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings pitched. He tossed 94 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Lester has allowed just four earned runs over his last three starts (20 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Toronto. He allowed four runs in seven innings in his previous outing against the Blue Jays on April 27.

Jon Lester benefiting from improved cutter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester's cutter has a lot to do with his success this season.

The cutter was Lester's best offering back in his prime, and it's jumped back to those levels after falling off in recent seasons. Lester's whiff rate on his cutter has jumped to 15.85 percent this year, which is where it sat from 2009 to 2011. The past two seasons, Lester averaged a 12 percent whiff rate with the pitch.

The resurgence of his cutter has helped Lester strike out 66 batters in just 55 2/3 innings thus far. Even if that rate doesn't hold up, it's starting to look like his strikeout rate will return to pre-2012 levels. His surprising early season performance seems sustainable.


Jon Lester strikes out eight in win vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester surrendered three earned runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out eight and earning the win in his team's 8-3 victory over the Rangers Saturday.

Coming off a 15-strikeout, one-hit performance a week ago, Lester (4-4) was staked to a 6-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings before surrendering two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. He owns a 2.75 ERA and 66:13 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Lester is on track to face the Tigers at home Friday.


Jon Lester strikes out career-high 15 batters during win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Red Sox starter Jon Lester struck out a career-high 15 batters Saturday against the Athletics.

Lester was fantastic over eight innings, giving up just one hit. In the top of the third, Craig Gentry hit a leadoff single, but was left stranded after Lester struck out the side. Lester gave up two walks, both to Derek Norris. The first was erased with a double-play, the second was stranded after Lester struck out the side again in the eighth. 

Lester lowered his ERA to 2.59 with the performance. He's now 3-4 on the year.


Jon Lester tagged with another loss Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Red Sox starter Jon Lester was tagged with his fourth loss of the year Sunday against the Blue Jays. 

Lester had some trouble early, giving up a solo shot in the second inning. He gave up another run in the third, but managed to compose himself for a few innings. In the seventh, Lester allowed two straight doubles to open the inning. While he settled in after that, another run managed to score on a groundout. 

Lester gave up four runs on five hits over seven innings pitched. He did not issue any walks, and struck out seven batters. The loss dropped Lester to 1-4. His next start will come against Oakland.


Jon Lester rocked in loss vs. Yankees Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester took the loss Tuesday after giving up eight runs (three earned) on 11 hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 9-3 loss to the Yankees.

Lester (3-2) didn't see his ERA balloon too much due to the unearned runs, but he simply couldn't bounce back after the defense failed him twice, leading to his early exit. He has posted a 2.67 ERA and 36:8 K:BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. Lester is set to face the Blue Jays in Toronto Sunday.


Jon Lester Ks nine in dominant win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester put together a dominant outing on Thursday, outdueling Chris Sale and the White Sox for his second win of the season.

Lester (2-2) tossed five scoreless innings before allowing a run to score on an infield single to Adam Eaton in the sixth inning. He surrendered one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine over eight innings of work. He tossed 112 pitches, 75 of which were called strikes.

Lester has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his first four starts. He will look for his third win of the season Tuesday at home against the Red Sox.

Report: Jon Lester rejects four-year offer from Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester rejected a contract offer of between $70 million and $80 million for four years, FOXSports.com reports.

The offer is "far below market value" for Lester, who will not resume negotiations with the team until the offseason. The team is poised to potentially lose Lester in free agency after this season.


Jon Lester tosses quality start in win over Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester tossed a quality start on Friday, earning his first win of the season against the Yankees in New York.

Making his third start of the season, Lester (1-2) surrendered a solo home run to Alfonso Soriano and a run-scoring single to Kelley Johnson for his only damage of the night. He was charged with two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings pitches. He tossed 113 pitches, 71 of which were strikes.

Lester has not allowed more than two earned runs through each of his first three starts. He owns a 2.57 ERA over 21 frames. He'll make his next start Thursday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Jon Lester opens season with two losses


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester finished the first week of the regular season with two losses after Sunday's 4-0 loss to Milwaukee. The left-hander gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six in 7 1/3 innings.

Lester (0-2), who lost a 2-1 pitcher's duel opening day against the Orioles, was outpitched Sunday by Yovani Gallardo, who tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Lester gave up two runs on a Mark Reynolds' single in the second inning. He settled down before allowing RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings.

Lester will look to end his two-game slide Friday at N.Y. Yankees. He was 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA in four starts against the Yankees and 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium last year.