Monday March 19, 2012 | 10:50 AM

For the second straight season, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been named the opening-day starter, in Detroit on April 5. New manager Bobby Valentine made the announcement Monday morning.

That leads us to two trivia questions:

1. Who was the last Red Sox left-hander to be the opening-day starter in back-to-back years?

2. Who was the Sea Dogs' opening-day starter in 2005, when Lester was on the Portland staff?

Lester, 28, has a career 76-34 record for Boston.

The April 5 game will be a nice match-up between Lester and 2011 American League MVP Justin Verlander.

And now for the trivia answers:

1. Lefty Mel Parnell pitched three straight season openers, from the 1952-54.

2. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the Sea Dogs' season-opener in 2005 and pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 win over Norwich. (Lester pitched the next night).



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