Lester pitches well as Boston beats Toronto 3-2
“(He was) strong,” manager Terry Francona said. “Sometimes trying to be too strong. And again we didn’t make a couple plays behind him. But I think he’s raring to go.”
“He’s going to be pretty sore,” Francona said. “But he’s intact. He’s just going to be pretty sore.”
Lester allowed two unearned runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two. The left-hander committed a throwing error in the third, leading to a run, but was feeling strong after throwing 90 pitches.
“It was awful muggy today, which I think is a good thing,” he said. “You get a day like that and you get through some difficult innings with it, I think it helps you in the long run. But I felt pretty good. I felt like I could keep pitching, which is a good thing. … I felt pretty good as far as stamina and keeping my legs under me.”
NOTES: Francona announced his rotation for the start of the season. RHP Josh Beckett(notes) will start the major league opener on April 4 against the New York Yankees in Fenway Park. Lester, John Lackey(notes) and Tim Wakefield(notes) will follow Beckett. With three early off days, Francona will bring Beckett back to pitch the fifth game of the season, and Clay Buchholz(notes) will go the next day, April 11 in Kansas City. … The Red Sox acquired INF Kevin Frandsen(notes) from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash. Frandsen, 27, spent most of last season at Triple-A Fresno, batting .295 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 110 games. … Boston agreed to a minor league contract with LHP Scott Schoeneweis(notes), who was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.