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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%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 95.63
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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.


Jon Lester strikes out eight in Opening Day loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester surrendered two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out eight but took the loss in his team's 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Orioles in Monday's opener.

Lester put together a strong spring, giving up just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings while striking out 14 and walking three. He followed suit with an impressive regular-season opener but wasn't able to avoid a loss in the low-scoring affair. Lester will take the hill again Sunday against the Brewers.


Red Sox, Jon Lester table extension talks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Red Sox have decided to table extension talks with pitcher Jon Lester for now, according to the Boston Globe.

Both sides would still like to come to an agreement, and may open talks again during the season. The 30-year-old is entering the final season of his contract. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings last year.


Jon Lester officially named an opening day starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Red Sox will go with pitcher Jon Lester on opening day, according to the Boston Globe

Manager John Farrell made the announcement official Thursday. The news was expected, and shouldn't come as a big surprise. Lester posted a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings last year. 


Jon Lester throws 94 pitches in minor-league game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw 94 pitches in six innings with Single A Salem Wednesday in his final tune-up for the regular season.

Lester surrendered one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven in the outing. He has been engaged in extension talks with the team this spring, and the Red Sox hope to have a deal completed by opening day.


Red Sox GM trying to complete contract talks with Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday he hopes to have resolved contract talks with starting pitcher Jon Lester by opening day.

"I can’t handicap it. We’re still talking," Cherington said, per WEEI.com. "There’s nothing else to report but that. I think the spirit of it has continued to be open and sharing information and also focusing in on resolving it one way or another this week before we get into opening day. But aside from that I can’t speculate on it."


Jon Lester masterful again in exhibition gem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Left-hander Jon Lester continued to show Friday why the Red Sox would like to sign him to a new contract beyond 2014. He lowered his spring ERA to a sparkling 0.71 by blanking a Philadelphia team using most of its starters.

Lester gave up four hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking our five along the way. He is expected to be the team's opening day starter.


Report: No deal imminent between Jon Lester and Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) An extension for ace Jon Lester is not on the immediate horizon, a league source has told WEEI.com. Contract talks with the Red Sox have been ongoing.

Despite the lack of a deal, optimism remains on both sides. Lester is in the last year of a contract that will pay him $13 million in 2014. His consistent winning and strong ERA since 2008, aside from an off-year in 2012, could put Lester in the range of close to $20 million per season.


Report: Future of two Red Sox stars to be determined soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The Red Sox will have resolution on contract negotiations with ace Jon Lester and aging designated hitter David Ortiz by opening day, sources have told WEEI.com.

Ortiz is seeking at least a one-year extension beyond 2014. Lester is slated for free agency after this season if he remains unsigned.

Various reports have claimed that the Red Sox will not allow Ortiz to walk and are destined to add a year to his contract. The future of Lester has less clarity.


Jon Lester allows one run in solid outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Red Sox starter Jon Lester turned in a solid performance on Saturday, but was hit with his first loss of the spring against the Phillies. 

Lester allowed a run-scoring double to Marlon Byrd in the opening frame. He yielded one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings pitched. He has allowed just one run over his first seven innings of work in Grapefruit League play.


Jon Lester has strong showing in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester took the hill for the first time in an exhibition game this spring Monday against the Rays, and the results were pretty good for the left-handed hurler, who is on track to start opening day.

Lester tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He also recorded four strikeouts.


Red Sox announce expected rotation alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Monday his expected rotation alignment for the start of the season. Farrell announced Jon Lester will top the rotation, and he will be followed up John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz.

Farrell added Brandon Workman, Chris Capuano and Allen Webster will continue to be stretched out this spring in order to keep their innings up.


Red Sox begin exension talks with Jon Lester


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester has spent plenty of time talking about a contract extension in the spring, and it looks like the team is starting to talk to his agent about them as well.

According to Boston.com, Lester's agents have already had at least two conversations with the team about a possible extension for the veteran left-hander. Lester is coming off a 15-8 season in which he posted a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings, his fifth time pitching 200-plus innings in the last six years. 


Jon Lester ready for 'tough process' as free agency looms


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who will be a free agent after the season, reiterated Monday he will do what it takes to finish his career with Boston.

"I’m not going to go back on what I said," Lester said, per the Boston Herald. "I mean, I said what I said from the heart and I mean it. We’ll see where it goes from there. We still have a long way to go. It’s going to be a tough process. Like I said earlier, that’s why I let those guys, call me when you got something. I don’t want to hear about the day to day of it, when it starts, when it happens. But I have to worry myself about the field. I can’t worry about the other stuff, it’ll take care of itself."


Red Sox could negotiate with Jon Lester, David Ortiz this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington talked with MLB Network Radio Sunday morning about starting pitcher Jon Lester and DH David Ortiz, who have just one season left on their contracts.

"We're just happy those guys want to stay in Boston. They've meant a lot to the team both on and off the field," Cherington said. "We've always had an open door, and we hope that leads to a conversation in spring training and see where it goes from there.

"We know that in a perfect world we’d have both those guys healthy and productive beyond this season."


Jon Lester would take less money to stay with Boston


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who will be a free agent after the 2014 season, said he is willing to take less money to stay with Boston.

"Absolutely. I mean, I want to stay here," Lester told reporters Thursday, per The Boston Herald. "This is what I've known. I've grown up in this organization. I've had plenty of good times and plenty of bad times here. I enjoy it. My family loves it here. All my son talks about is going home to Boston. That's what he thinks is home. Like I said, if it all comes down to it, we want to be here."

Lester said the Red Sox have yet to bring up the subject of a contract extension, but general manager Ben Cherington has said it's a topic best left for spring training.

"I understand that to stay here you're not going to get a free agent deal. You're not going to do it. You can't. It's not posible," Lester said. "You're bidding against one team. I understsand that you're going to take a discount to stay. Do I want to do that? Absolutely. But just like they want it to be fair for them, I want it to be fair for me and my family. If we can get to something hopefully in spring training, that's awesome."


Red Sox, Jon Lester expected to talk extension in spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Red Sox and Jon Lester are expected to begin discussing a contract extension during spring training, according to the Boston Globe.

Lester is entering the final year of his contract, and stands to make a significant amount of money if he hits the free-agent market. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings.


Red Sox pick Jon Lester's option for 2014


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) The Red Sox have activated starting pitcher Jon Lester's $13 million option for next season, WEEI reports Friday.

Lester had a 3.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over a career-high 213 1/3 innings in 2013. He struck out 29 and allowed just six runs over 34 2/3 innings during the postseason for the Red Sox.


Jon Lester gives Red Sox World Series advantage


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester proved his dominance once again in the World Series Monday night from St. Louis. Lester gave Boston a chance to win the series at home in Game 6 with a Game 5 victory over the Cardinals.

Lester improved to 2-0 in the World Series with 7 2/3 commanding innings. He gave up just one earned run on a Matt Holliday solo homer in the fourth inning. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven in an outstanding performance. He threw 91 pitches.

Lester improved his World Series ERA to 0.59 as he's given up one run over 15 1/3 innings with 15 Ks. He's 4-1 over five postseason starts with a 1.56 ERA and 29 Ks over 34 2/3 innings. The Boston ace went 15-8 in the regular season with a 3.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

MLB finds no evidence Jon Lester tampered with the ball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester did not have a foreign substance on his glove during Game 1 of the World Series, according to Major League Baseball. 

Lester was accused of using a foreign substance in order to doctor the ball, but MLB said the video evidence was inconclusive. They added that the Cardinals did not complain during the game, and umpires never detecting anything. Lester went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight hitters. 


Jon Lester delivers gem in Game 1 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday, holding the Cardinals to five hits and one walk while striking out eight in his team's 8-1 win.

Lester gave the Cardinals all they could handle in the first three innings of Game 1, allowing just one hit heading into the fourth. The Cardinals loaded the bases on a walk and two singles in the fourth inning, but Lester induced a weak grounder back to the pitcher that led to a 1-2-3 double play.

After giving up two singles in a scoreless fifth inning, Lester dominated the Cardinals from that point on, pitching perfect sixth and seventh innings while striking out three and getting the first two batters of the eighth out before leaving Game 1 after 112 pitches with a 7-0 lead.