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Red Sox Name Jon Lester ALDS Game 1 Starter

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  The Boston Red Sox announced that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"He's been outstanding in the second half and the last eight starts he's put together for us he's been very strong," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He'll lead the way for us from a starting standpoint."

It will be Lester's seventh postseason start and first since the 2009 ALDS.  He enters Friday's game with a lot of momentum, having gone 5-2 with a 2.19 ERA over his last 10 outings.

John Lackey will start Game 2 for the Red Sox, while Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy will start Games 3 and 4, respectively.

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