Jon Lester to start Red Sox opener at Baltimore

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jon Lester has been picked to start on opening day for the Boston Red Sox.

Boston manager John Farrell announced Thursday that Lester will pitch Monday in Baltimore against the Orioles. The news came as no surprise, but Farrell had waited to make an announcement.

"I know, it is earth-shattering," he quipped.

It will be Lester's fourth consecutive opening day start, the fifth-longest streak in team history behind Pedro Martinez (seven), Roger Clemens (seven), Dennis Eckersley (five) and Cy Young (five).

Lester went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts and 213 1-3 innings last year, helping the Red Sox to their third World Series championship in 10 years. The 30-year-old left-hander is 100-56 with a 3.76 ERA in eight seasons with Boston.

"He has become a very good pitcher at a young age," Farrell said. "For a guy that has made that number of starts for a franchise as storied as this, it speaks volumes."

Lester is 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 13 postseason appearances, including 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts last year. He went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two World Series starts against St. Louis.

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