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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jon Lester fanned 12 while allowing one run in seven innings Thursday against the White Sox.
Lester left with a two-run lead, but that was blown by Koji Uehara in the ninth. It was Lester's third game with at least 12 strikeouts this season (only David Price has as many), and he has a 1.01 ERA over his last six starts. Jul 10 - 7:42 PM

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Jon Lester was outstanding in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just a pair of unearned runs on five hits over eight strong innings.

Lester punched out seven on the afternoon without issuing a walk. It’s the second consecutive outing that he’s gone eight innings and hasn’t allowed an earned run. The only damage against him came in the third inning where a pair of runs scored on an error by Xander Bogaerts. He’ll bring a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 122/29 K/BB ratio into Thursday’s matchup against the White Sox.
Jul 5 - 3:57 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Jon Lester have tabled in-season contract extension talks.

Both sides are still interested in a long-term deal, but Lester prefers to focus on pitching this season and put off contract talks. The left-hander understandably rejected a reported extension offer worth around $80 million this spring. The Red Sox will surely have to come up to $100 million or more to get something done.
Jul 4 - 12:43 PM

Friday's game between the Orioles and Red Sox has been postponed due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur.

It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. Scheduled starters Miguel Gonzalez and Jon Lester will be pushed back a day.
Jul 4 - 10:10 AM

Jon Lester held the Yankees to one unearned run over eight innings Saturday to earn his ninth win.

Lester out-dueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka in the impressive outing. He allowed only five hits and two walks while fanning six Boston batters. Lester will carry a 9-7 record, 2.92 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP into his next outing at home against the Orioles. The 30-year-old left-hander will strike it rich if he makes it to open the market this fall. Or maybe the Red Sox will buck up before that happens.
Jun 28 - 10:08 PM

Jon Lester held the A's to three runs -- two earned -- over 7 2/3 innings Sunday but settled for a no-decision.

Koji Uehara sustained a rare blown save to deny Lester his ninth win, but it was still a strong start for the southpaw. Lester allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. He owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 109/27 K/BB ratio over 106 innings this year, and he'll look for that ninth win Saturday at the Yankees.
Jun 22 - 8:46 PM

Jon Lester allowed one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Hughes kept the Twins off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when a Joe Mauer double cut the lead to 2-1. The Red Sox won by the same score, moving Lester to 8-7. The southpaw struck out six and walked one in the outing. Lester will take a 3.20 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a matchup with the Athletics on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 10:05 PM

Jon Lester improved to 7-7, allowing two runs (one earned) over 7 2/3 innings as the Red Sox defeated the Indians 5-2 on Thursday.

Lester was in command, bouncing back from Saturday's rough outing against the Tigers. The lefty allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Now with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 99/24 K/BB ratio in 92 innings, Lester will match up against the Twins in his next start.
Jun 12 - 10:37 PM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the club remains hopeful of re-signing Jon Lester before he hits free agency this winter.

"Our position hasn’t changed. We hope to have a conversation again about his contract (before Lester reaches free agency at season’s end)," Cherington said. "We’d love to find a way to keep him here." The comments come a few weeks after team president Larry Lucchino said that he expects to re-open contract negotiations with Lester at some point this season. Lester turned down a lowball four-year, $70-$80 million extension offer this spring and negotiations haven't resumed since. The lefty is having a terrific year, so the Red Sox will have to up their previous offer considerably in order to keep Lester from testing the open market.
Jun 11 - 9:14 AM

Jon Lester tossed seven innings of shutout ball as the Red Sox topped the Rays 4-0 on Sunday.

It was a truly dominant outing from Lester, who struck out 12 batters while surrendering just four hits and a walk. He now boasts a 3.15 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 80 innings this season, and is sporting by far the highest strikeout rate of his career. The Red Sox, who have now won seven straight games, probably wish they had already locked up the left-hander long term. He'll face the Tigers in Detroit next.
Jun 1 - 5:03 PM

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told WEEI on Thursday morning that he expects to reopen contract negotiations with Jon Lester at some point this season.

Lester reportedly turned down a four-year extension offer worth around $80 million this spring. Lucchino said on the radio Thursday that it would be a "mistake to fixate" on that opening bid, indicating that the two sides have since discussed different parameters. Lester, who is scheduled to become a free agent this winter, owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 83/21 K/BB ratio through 73 innings this season. He wants to be paid like an ace, which means it's probably going to take at least $100 million to lock him up long term.
May 29 - 9:25 AM

Jon Lester improved to 5-6, allowing three runs over six innings as the Red Sox defeated the Braves 6-3 on Tuesday.

It was a nice bounce-back start for Lester after allowing seven runs to the Blue Jays on May 22. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including a home run to Jason Heyward -- while walking three and striking out seven. Lester will take his 3.45 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio into next week's home start against the Rays.
May 27 - 11:01 PM

Jon Lester was tagged for seven runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Lester had worked exquisitely with David Ross lately, to the point at which it looked like Ross was serving as his personal catcher. However, A.J. Pierzynski being 9-for-22 (with every hit a single and no walks) against Mark Buehrle was enough to change that today. Lester was pummeled right from the start, giving up two homers in the first. Expect the Red Sox to pair him with Ross again next time out. He's allowed 13 earned runs in seven starts with Ross catching him, compared to 12 earned runs in three starts with Pierzynski behind the dish.
May 22 - 7:26 PM

Jon Lester pitched well in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over five innings.

Lester racked up seven strikeouts while walking three on the night. He had to sit through a 50-minute rain delay earlier in the game which may have played a part in the early exit, though he did throw 94 pitches in his five frames. Now 4-5 on the season, he’ll carry an impressive 2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio into Thursday’s start against the Blue Jays.
May 16 - 11:20 PM

Jon Lester yielded three runs and four hits in seven innings and struck out eight Saturday in a victory over the Rangers.

Lester still hasn't struck out fewer than six batters in a start this season and is up to 64 in eight starts for the year. That's a big improvement from last year, when he struck out 177 in 213 1/3 innings (or 5.4 batters per start). For the first time since 2010, he's looking like one of the AL's best starters for fantasy purposes.
May 10 - 11:55 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2Mike Carp
3Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Mookie Betts
SS1Stephen Drew
3B1Xander Bogaerts
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Brock Holt
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
2Alex Hassan
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Clay Buchholz
3John Lackey
4Jake Peavy
5Rubby De La Rosa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Andrew Miller
7Felix Doubront