Lester officially named Opening Day starter

Lester officially named Opening Day starter
March 27, 2013, 10:45 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For weeks, it's been the worst-kept secret in Red Sox camp: Jon Lester would be the team's Opening Day starting pitcher.
      
On Wednesday morning, manager John Farrell finally made it official.
      
"It is Jon Lester," confirmed Farrell Wednesday morning. "There's a surprise."
      
Farrell acknowledged that, given the way the pitchers had been lined up, Lester had been the choice for the honor since the start of camp.
      
"But at the same time, (we) didn't want that to be the focal point," he said. "His work that was needed, the adjustments that he's continued to reinforce and repeat on the mound were the priorities. We felt like it was important to focus on the needs of spring training, for every pitcher, including Jon, before we get into (things).
      
"I think what Jon has done is get back to a delivery that's similar to his in the past. I think he's executing pitches with a consistency we've seen before, which made him one of the top lefthanders in the game. He's had a very strong spring training.''
      
Lester, who will make a truncated start Wednesday -- about four inning or 60 or so pitches -- has a sub-1.00 ERA this spring.
      
"Jon has been in the discussion of a very select group of pitchers in the major leagues and he's pitching like that again.''
      
This will mark the third straight opener that Lester pitch for the Red Sox.

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