FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bad outings are going to happen for every pitcher, and the way Jon Lester sees it, they might as well come in spring training when they don't mean much.
In a 2-1 Red Sox loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday night, Lester labored through four innings, walking one and hitting two, and running his pitch count to 81 pitches in the four frames.
"I felt alright physically,'' said Lester. "I was just a little out of whack, out of rhythm. I couldn't really make the adjustment and be consistent. I couldn't repeat (my delivery) -- that was the big thing, and it led to a lot of pitches.
"Stuff like this happens during the season. You have games where you have to grind it out when you're not feeling that great, whether it's physically or mechanically, like it was tonight, and minimize the damage.
"It's a good thing to work on, pitching out of jams. You've got to do it during the season, so you might as well practice it here. It's not ideal, obviously.''
"Looks like everything was more of an effort than it will be soon, I hope,'' said manager Bobby Valentine of Lester's outing. "He was all right. He was just missing against lefthanders on his glove side, I thought. Other than that, his stuff was OK, good enough to progress with.''