Monday, December 9, 2013
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).
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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