April 14, 2013

On Baseball: Like the Lester of old

Jon Lester keeps showing he's recovered from a poor 2012 season, this time with a solid performance against yet another ace.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Molina
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Jacoby Ellsbury crosses the plate with the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday, scoring on Shane Victorino’s infield single to give the Red Sox a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay. The catcher is Jose Lobaton.

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From the fourth through seventh, Lester faced only 12 batters, allowing one single, which was erased on a double play.

Lester, who threw 56 pitches in the first three innings, needed only 44 for the next four. He left with the score 1-1 thanks to Ross' fifth-inning home run. It was only the second hit off Price. He finished with 106 pitches over six innings.

"I thought our guys did a heck of a job against a darn good pitcher," Farrell said.

And his pitcher matched him.

"Obviously you know going into the game who you're pitching against," Lester said. "You can't worry about that. You start worrying about the pitcher, you're worrying about the wrong things.

"But obviously in the back of your mind you know 'I have to keep these guys close.' That's what happened."

The Lester of old is making a comeback and this could be the best version yet.

"It's been good," he said. "Been able to make some adjustments from the first start (five innings against the Yankees) and not throw so many pitches. Do that and things take care of itself."

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