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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.
Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter. Oct 1 - 1:22 AM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series.
Sep 28 - 9:12 PM

Jon Lester allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

Lester gave up his share of timely hits, but the Athletics committing two errors behind him didn't help the cause, either. He helped his own cause by striking out seven without walking a batter in the loss. Lester's regular season ends with a 16-11 record, 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Red Sox and A's. The lefty will be the Athletics' ace in the postseason before hitting the free agent market this winter.
Sep 24 - 7:07 PM

Jon Lester limited the Phillies to one run in seven innings to win Friday night.

Regardless of whether you want to blame the Yoenis Cespedes deal for the A's offensive downfall, there's no way to argue that Lester hasn't held up his end of the bargain: he has a 2.20 ERA in 10 starts for Oakland. The team is 7-3 in his outings, and the offense scored a total of four runs in the three losses.
Sep 20 - 12:42 AM

Jon Lester threw six scoreless innings in the Athletics' 4-0 shutout of the Mariners Sunday.

Lester surrendered just four hits, all singles, and walked four in the game. He also struck out seven. The win moved Lester to 15-10 on the year, and he owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 206/46 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. It's the sixth time Lester has reached the 15-win plateau in his career. The 30-year-old will take the mound again Saturday in an interleague tilt with the Phillies.
Sep 14 - 8:33 PM

Jon Lester struck out eight, allowing two runs over eight innings in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Lester gave up seven hits, including a home run, and walked two in the start. It was a refreshing outcome for the left-hander, who had lost three straight decisions and hadn't won since August 12 coming into the game. Lester moved to 14-10 with a 2.52 ERA with the win. He's got a divisional date with the Mariners in Seattle on deck for Sunday.
Sep 9 - 11:57 PM

Jon Lester was done in by two solo homers Wednesday, allowing only two runs over eight innings in a loss to the Mariners.

Lester was cruising along through six shutout innings, but back-to-back homers by Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the seventh ruined his outing. He gave up seven hits in all, striking out five. The left-hander hasn't won since August 12 despite pitching well, with Wednesday's loss dropping him to 13-10 on the year. Lester will look to get back in the win column against the White Sox next week.
Sep 3 - 6:05 PM

Jon Lester suffered his ninth loss of the season, surrendering three runs (two runs) over six innings in Friday's defeat against the Angels.

The Athletics couldn't get anything going against Jered Weaver, so the two-run home run Lester allowed to Chris Iannetta in the fifth inning was curtains. The lefty gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five on the evening. He has failed to earn a win in each of his last three starts despite pitching reasonably well. Since joining the A's, Lester has a 2.88 ERA with a 37/8 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home on Wednesday when he makes his next start.
Aug 30 - 1:10 AM

Jon Lester yielded one run in seven innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Angels.

Lester struck out seven and walked one in his most important start with the A's to date. The lone run came in the seventh, an inning that could have proven more damaging if David Freese weren't thrown out trying to stretch a single to begin the frame (the next two batters got hits). Lester is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in five outings for his new team.
Aug 24 - 12:30 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jon Lester signing with the Red Sox this offseason is seen as a "long shot."

It's no surprise, given they failed to agree to extension terms before the trade deadline and ultimately dealt him. Boston will likely at least make a cursory effort with Lester this winter, but the left-hander returning to Boston doesn't appear to be in the cards. Heyman says that the Yankees and Cubs are "much more likely landing spots" for the 30-year-old.
Aug 20 - 2:37 PM

Jon Lester delivered a quality start on Sunday, but was handed his eighth loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits over six frames against the Braves.

Lester struck out five while walking one in the ballgame. The big blow against him came in the fourth inning, where Justin Upton belted a two-run homer to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was the first loss for Lester as a member of the Athletics, and first overall for him since June 7. He’ll look to get back in the win column on Sunday when he does battle against the Angels.
Aug 17 - 10:59 PM

Jon Lester struck out nine batters while allowing three runs over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

Lester was staked to a lead that got bigger as the game went on, so he didn't need to be too fine to earn his 13th win. He gave up six hits and two walks in the victory. Lester is now 3-0 in three starts with the A's, and he still hasn't lost since June 7. The southpaw will try to stay on a roll in Sunday's interleague meeting with the Braves in Atlanta.
Aug 12 - 11:12 PM

Jon Lester fired a three-hit shutout, striking out eight, in a 3-0 win against the Twins on Thursday.

Lester had a perfect game through five innings and only found himself in trouble in the sixth, when Brian Dozier very nearly tied the game with a three-run homer that hooked foul. Outside of that frame, the Twins were helpless against Oakland's high-profile deadline acquisition. Although the A's have dominated the Twins in recent seasons, their stud new starter had curiously struggled against Minnesota in his career; Lester came into the matchup 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in nine starts against the Twins. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since June 7, slashing his ERA from 3.52 to 2.44 over that stretch. Having improved to 12-7 overall, Lester heads to Kansas City on Tuesday for a date with the Royals.
Aug 8 - 12:54 AM

Jon Lester was victorious in his Athletics' debut on Saturday, allowing three runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Royals.

He struck out three and walked one on Yoenis Cespedes T-shirt day at Coliseum. Lester was sailing with an 8-1 lead until he ran out of gas in seventh, allowing a pair of runs before getting yanked. The left-hander improved to 11-7 with a 2.59 ERA, numbers he'll defend against the Twins at home next week.
Aug 2 - 9:41 PM

Jon Lester will make his Athletics' debut on Saturday against the Royals.

Coincidentally, Saturday happens to be Yoenis Cespedes (who was traded for Lester) t-shirt day at Coliseum. Lester has put up a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season and should only get better at his new pitcher-friendly park.
Aug 1 - 12:04 PM

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2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
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3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Sam Fuld
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RF1Josh Reddick
DH1John Jaso
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4Eric O'Flaherty
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