(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — The Red Sox announced on Wednesday that Jon Lester will start on Opening Day.
“The way he was lined up, he was probably targeted all along,” manager John Farrell said, “but at the same time, we didn’t want that to be a focal point.”
“His work that was needed and the adjustments he has continued to reinforce and repeat on the mound were the priorities, and we felt like it was important to focus on the needs of spring training for every pitcher, including Jon,” he continued.
Lester is tied with Seattle Mariners pitcher Brandon Maurer with the lowest ERA (0.90), has given up just six hits in 20 innings, and has a MLB-leading WHIP of 0.50 this spring.
Lester is hoping to carry his performance this spring into the regular season. In 2012, Lester gave up 216 hits in 205 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 4.82.
The Red Sox will take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN