|Nov. 1 4:59 PM PT5:59 PM MT6:59 PM CT7:59 PM ET19:59 ET23:59 GMT7:59 CST4:59 PM MST6:59 PM EST7:29 PM VEN3:59 UAE (+1)5:59 PM CT-Red Sox have exercised their $13 million option on left-hander Jon Lester.
Analysis: Lester was the starting and winning pitcher twice during Boston's six-game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The 29-year-old was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season. He went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in the postseason, including victories in Games 1 and 5 of the Series. He had a 0.59 ERA in his two starts against St. Louis - the best by a Red Sox pitcher making more than one start in a World Series since Hugh Bedient in 1912.
|Oct. 24 3:38 PM PT4:38 PM MT5:38 PM CT6:38 PM ET18:38 ET22:38 GMT6:38 CST3:38 PM MST5:38 PM EST6:08 PM VEN2:38 UAE (+1)5:38 PM CT-Lester says there was nothing but rosin - which is perfectly legal - on his glove when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lester's glove. Tyler Melling, a 25-year-old pitcher in the Florida State League, wrote: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?"
Analysis: The Boston Red Sox left-hander said before Game 2 on Thursday night that "I can honestly tell you that all I use is rosin. So, it's obviously frustrating that after a night like last night, we should be having fun and running around with some energy today and I've got to stand here and answer questions about it."
|Oct. 2 3:55 PM PT4:55 PM MT5:55 PM CT6:55 PM ET18:55 ET22:55 GMT6:55 CST3:55 PM MST5:55 PM EST6:25 PM VEN2:55 UAE (+1)5:55 PM CT-Lester will start Game 1 of the AL division series.
Analysis: Lester was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA this season. He won his first six decisions and seven of his last nine. From May 20 through the All-Star break, he went 2-6 with a 6.27 ERA. Lester will be followed in the rotation by John Lackey and Clay Buchholz, with Jake Peavy ready to pitch Game 4 of the best-of-five series if necessary.
|Sep. 21 5:23 PM PT6:23 PM MT7:23 PM CT8:23 PM ET20:23 ET0:23 GMT8:23 CST5:23 PM MST7:23 PM EST7:53 PM VEN4:23 UAE (+1)7:23 PM CT-Lester allowed one run and five hits over seven innings in a 6-3 win over Toronto on Friday.
Analysis: The left-hander, who struck out eight, is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA over his last seven starts.
|Aug. 25 12:48 PM PT1:48 PM MT2:48 PM CT3:48 PM ET15:48 ET19:48 GMT3:48 CST12:48 PM MST2:48 PM EST3:18 PM VEN23:48 UAE2:48 PM CT-Lester was outstanding in Saturday's 4-2 road win over the Dodgers, allowing one run and three hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Analysis: Lester has picked up the pace in a big way over the last month, going 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his last seven starts.
|Aug. 20 10:20 AM PT11:20 AM MT12:20 PM CT1:20 PM ET13:20 ET17:20 GMT1:20 CST10:20 AM MST12:20 PM EST12:50 PM VEN21:20 UAE12:20 PM CT-Lester posted his second-longest outing of the season in Boston's 7-0 win at San Francisco on Monday, yielding six hits over 8 1-3 innings.
Analysis: Lester has surrendered three earned runs in 21 2-3 innings since giving up six runs and a season-high 11 hits in a 7-6 loss to Arizona on Aug. 2.
|Aug. 15 5:49 PM PT6:49 PM MT7:49 PM CT8:49 PM ET20:49 ET0:49 GMT8:49 CST5:49 PM MST7:49 PM EST8:19 PM VEN4:49 UAE (+1)7:49 PM CT-Lester was solid in Boston's 4-3 loss at Toronto on Wednesday but didn't record a decision after yielding three runs - two earned - and six hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Analysis: Lester is 1-1 in his last three road starts with a 1.33 ERA.
|Aug. 9 12:38 PM PT1:38 PM MT2:38 PM CT3:38 PM ET15:38 ET19:38 GMT3:38 CST12:38 PM MST2:38 PM EST3:08 PM VEN23:38 UAE2:38 PM CT-Lester suffered his seventh loss after giving up three runs - one earned - and four hits over seven innings of Boston's 5-1 loss at Kansas City on Thursdsay.
Analysis: Though he didn't receive a favorable decision, Lester's performance was a good sign after he gave up six runs and a season-high 11 hits in his previous start.
|July 29 2:50 PM PT3:50 PM MT4:50 PM CT5:50 PM ET17:50 ET21:50 GMT5:50 CST2:50 PM MST4:50 PM EST5:20 PM VEN1:50 UAE (+1)4:50 PM CT-Lester allowed four hits over seven innings in Sunday's 5-0 win over Baltimore.
Analysis: Lester struck out eight, walked two and did not allow a runner past second base. The right-hander improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 15-2, although he lost his previous two decisions against them.
|July 24 3:05 PM PT4:05 PM MT5:05 PM CT6:05 PM ET18:05 ET22:05 GMT6:05 CST3:05 PM MST5:05 PM EST5:35 PM VEN2:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT-Lester snapped a three-start winless stretch in Boston's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: Lester limited the Rays to two runs - both on homers - over 6 1-3 innings while recording his ninth win.
|July 21 11:19 PM PT12:19 AM MT1:19 AM CT2:19 AM ET2:19 ET6:19 GMT14:19 CST11:19 PM MST1:19 AM EST1:49 AM VEN10:19 UAE1:19 AM CT-Lester is having his next start pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place on the mound Sunday against the New York Yankees. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced the change Saturday before the teams met for the middle game of the three-game weekend series.
Analysis: Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) has struggled since starting 6-0 start this season. He has allowed at least five runs in five of his last 11 starts, giving up four in three others. Lester is now scheduled to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Farrell didn't cite any specific reason for the rotation change, but said "two extra days will help him."
|June 27 7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET22:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 CST7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST9:30 PM VEN6:00 UAE (+1)9:00 PM CT-Lester left Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with an apparent injury in the eighth inning.
Analysis: Lester had cruised through the first seven innings, allowing just two runs and three hits before allowing back-to-back singles to begin the eighth. After running the count to 3-0 on Emilio Bonifacio, Red Sox manager John Farrell came running to the mound as the infield crowded around Lester. Lester then walked off the field as reliever Junichi Tazawa came on in relief.
|June 12 12:57 PM PT1:57 PM MT2:57 PM CT3:57 PM ET15:57 ET19:57 GMT3:57 CST12:57 PM MST2:57 PM EST3:27 PM VEN23:57 UAE2:57 PM CT-The left-hander gave up seven runs, eight hits and seven walks in 4 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Lester (6-3) had his winless streak reach five starts, including three losses, since beating the Rays on May 15.
|June 1 12:32 PM PT1:32 PM MT2:32 PM CT3:32 PM ET15:32 ET19:32 GMT3:32 CST12:32 PM MST2:32 PM EST3:02 PM VEN23:32 UAE2:32 PM CT-Lester was on the short end as the Red Sox fell to the Yanks 4-1 on Friday.
Analysis: Lester, who won at Yankees Stadium on opening day, lost his second straight decision. Struggling with his control - he had 48 pitches through two innings - he gave up four runs, six hits and a hit batter in 6 1-3 innings.
|May 21 8:53 AM PT9:53 AM MT10:53 AM CT11:53 AM ET11:53 ET15:53 GMT23:53 CST8:53 AM MST10:53 AM EST11:23 AM VEN19:53 UAE10:53 AM CT-Lester suffered his first loss of the season after allowing six runs in as many innings during Monday's 6-4 road loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Lester dropped to 6-1 with a 3.15 ERA. He'll try to bounce back against the Indians this weekend.
|May 16 11:51 AM PT12:51 PM MT1:51 PM CT2:51 PM ET14:51 ET18:51 GMT2:51 CST11:51 AM MST1:51 PM EST2:21 PM VEN22:51 UAE1:51 PM CT-Lester stayed unbeaten, and the Boston Red Sox roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Coming off a one-hit, complete game shutout of Toronto, Lester (6-0, 2.72 ERA) allowed two runs in seven innings.
|May 11 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET18:32 ET22:32 GMT6:32 CST3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST6:02 PM VEN2:32 UAE (+1)5:32 PM CT-Lester fired a one-hitter as the Boston Red Sox broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win on Friday night.
Analysis: The left-hander retired the first 17 batters before Maicer Izturis lined a clean double several feet over the outstretched arm of third baseman Will Middlebrooks that landed just inside the foul line. Lester then ended the inning by striking out pinch-hitter Adam Lind. He walked none and fanned five.
|May 6 11:49 AM PT12:49 PM MT1:49 PM CT2:49 PM ET14:49 ET18:49 GMT2:49 CST11:49 AM MST1:49 PM EST2:19 PM VEN22:49 UAE1:49 PM CT-Lester wasn't at his best again Sunday, giving up three runs and five hits - including two homers - over six innings in Boston's 4-3 loss at Texas.
Analysis: Lester has a 5.60 ERA over his last three starts after posting a 1.73 mark through his first four outings this season.
|May 1 10:50 AM PT11:50 AM MT12:50 PM CT1:50 PM ET13:50 ET17:50 GMT1:50 CST10:50 AM MST12:50 PM EST1:20 PM VEN21:50 UAE12:50 PM CT-Lester had his roughest outing thus far, giving up five runs and six hits over six innings in Boston's 9-7 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.
Analysis: Lester's ERA rose to 3.11 and he didn't record a win for just the second time in six starts this season.
|Apr. 19 2:34 PM PT3:34 PM MT4:34 PM CT5:34 PM ET17:34 ET21:34 GMT5:34 CST2:34 PM MST4:34 PM EST5:04 PM VEN1:34 UAE (+1)4:34 PM CT-Lester pitched seven strong innings in Boston's 6-3 win over Cleveland on Thursday.
Analysis: Lester is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA.
|Apr. 14 1:55 PM PT2:55 PM MT3:55 PM CT4:55 PM ET16:55 ET20:55 GMT4:55 CST1:55 PM MST3:55 PM EST4:25 PM VEN0:55 UAE (+1)3:55 PM CT-Lester stepped up with seven strong innings in a 2-1, 10-inning win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Analysis: Lester allowed one run and five hits. He struck out five and lowered his ERA to 1.42.
|Apr. 8 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 CST3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Lester tossed seven shutout innings in a 13-0 victory over Toronto on Sunday.
Analysis: Lester struck out six and gave up five hits as he improved to 2-0 on the season.
|Apr. 1 2:43 PM PT3:43 PM MT4:43 PM CT5:43 PM ET17:43 ET21:43 GMT5:43 CST2:43 PM MST4:43 PM EST5:13 PM VEN1:43 UAE (+1)4:43 PM CT-Lester allowed two runs in five innings of Monday's 8-2 season-opening win over the Yankees.
Analysis: Lester looked more like the pitcher who won at least 15 games every year from 2008-11 and not the one who went 9-14 last year.
|Mar. 27 3:19 PM PT4:19 PM MT5:19 PM CT6:19 PM ET18:19 ET22:19 GMT6:19 CST3:19 PM MST5:19 PM EST5:49 PM VEN2:19 UAE (+1)4:19 PM CT-Lester prepared for his opening day start by pitching four scoreless innings for the Boston Red Sox in a 4-1 loss Wednesday to the Miami Marlins.
Analysis: Red Sox manager John Farrell announced before the game that Lester would start Monday at Yankee Stadium against New York. The left-hander then gave up just two hits, striking out four without a walk.
|2006||Bos||7||2||0 - 0||15||15||0||81.1||91||43||43||7||43||1||60||1.65||4.76||$66.33|
|2007||Bos||4||0||0 - 0||12||11||0||63.0||61||33||32||10||31||0||50||1.46||4.57||$55.00|
|2008||Bos||16||6||0 - 0||33||33||2||210.1||202||78||75||14||66||1||152||1.27||3.21||$233.33|
|2009||Bos||15||8||0 - 0||32||32||2||203.1||186||80||77||20||64||0||225||1.23||3.41||$301.33|
|2010||Bos||19||9||0 - 0||32||32||2||208.0||167||81||75||14||83||0||225||1.20||3.25||$328.00|
|2011||Bos||15||9||0 - 0||31||31||0||191.2||166||77||74||20||75||0||182||1.26||3.47||$254.17|
|2012||Bos||9||14||0 - 0||33||33||3||205.1||216||117||110||25||68||2||166||1.38||4.82||$164.33|
|2013||Bos||15||8||0 - 0||33||33||1||213.1||209||94||89||19||67||0||177||1.29||3.75||$238.33|
|Career||100||56||0 - 0||221||220||10||1376.1||1298||603||575||129||497||4||1237||1.30||3.76|
|2007||Bos||Total||1||0||0 - 0||3||1||0||9.1||6||2||2||1||4||0||8||1.93|
|LCS||0||0||0 - 0||2||0||0||3.2||3||2||2||1||1||0||5||4.91|
|WS||1||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||5.2||3||0||0||0||3||0||3||0.00|
|2008||Bos||Total||1||2||0 - 0||4||4||0||26.2||24||9||7||3||5||0||26||2.36|
|1||0||0 - 0||2||2||0||14.0||10||1||0||0||3||0||11||0.00|
|LCS||0||2||0 - 0||2||2||0||12.2||14||8||7||3||2||0||15||4.97|
|2009||Bos||Total||0||1||0 - 0||1||1||0||6.0||4||3||3||1||4||0||5||4.50|
|0||1||0 - 0||1||1||0||6.0||4||3||3||1||4||0||5||4.50|
|2013||Bos||Total||4||1||0 - 0||5||5||0||34.2||25||6||6||3||8||0||29||1.56|
|1||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||7.2||3||2||2||2||3||0||7||2.35|
|LCS||1||1||0 - 0||2||2||0||11.2||13||3||3||0||4||0||7||2.31|
|WS||2||0||0 - 0||2||2||0||15.1||9||1||1||1||1||0||15||0.59|
|Career||6||4||0 - 0||13||11||0||76.2||59||20||18||8||21||0||68||2.11|
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