Found March 19, 2012 on Ted's Army:


"It’s nice to know you’re the first one out of the gate," Lester said. "It’s always exciting. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way as soon as possible so you can build off of that."

Josh Beckett will start the home opener against the Rays on April 13.

"The No. 1 determinant was the conversation I had with Josh where Josh explained to me about starting pitchers and their Opening Day status or mentality or whatever and he thought Jon earned the job last year and didn't do anything to lose it," Valentine said.

"So I said, 'You have a lot more knowledge of Opening Day starters and their mentality than I.' I saw the health of both of them and I figured it's an honor both ways, I think. Home opener and opener. So they're both getting an honor."

Thank god Bobby Valentine let the cat out of the bag. Now I can sleep at night.


Josh Beckett Throws To Kelly Shoppach Once Again, Continues to Adapt to Different Catchers

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The catching carousel continues for Josh Beckett. After throwing to Jarrod Saltalmacchia for the majority of the spring, the hurler tossed to catcher Kelly Shoppach in Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Orioles. It was their second straight start as battery mates in Grapefruit League action. The shuffle behind the backstop is worth noting because Beckett almost...

Jon Lester Named Red Sox' Opening Day Starter, Josh Beckett Tabbed to Start Home Opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The decision is now official. When the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers on April 5, Jon Lester will take the mound as the team's Opening Day starter. It will be Lester's second straight Opening Day nod. As a result of the decision, Lester becomes the first southpaw to start on Opening Day in back-to-back years for the Red Sox since Mel Parnell started...

Valentine throws some well placed jabs postgame

By: Gordon Edes/ESPN BostonFORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine didn’t need an admonition from a judge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth after Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox manager spared no one, including himself, in a postgame analysis in which he skewered relief pitcher Mark Melancon with sarcasm, offered no protection...

Five Strong Innings, a Win, and a Double-Play Assist

A good day for Josh Beckett.It was the Orioles, but still.

John Lester named Opening Day starter

From Evan Drellich / MLB.comFORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Jon Lester was named the Red Sox's Opening Day starter on Monday in part because Josh Beckett felt the younger ace deserved the honor.Beckett slides in as Boston's No. 2 to start the season, which lines him up to pitch Fenway Park's home opener. Boston's first regular-season game of 2012...

John Farrell Dispels Bobby Valentine's Idea That Past Red Sox Pitching Coaches Didn't Focus on Limiting Running Game

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Controlling the running game is another priority on Bobby Valentine's spring training agenda. In recent seasons, Red Sox pitchers have struggled to limit baserunners from swiping the extra bag. Last season, Josh Beckett allowed 31 stolen bases under his watch. When discussing the strategy, Valentine attributed the lackluster fundamentals to past Red Sox...

Bobby Valentine Plans to Have Answers to Pitching Questions Shortly

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The time to sort out the bullpen and rotation has come. With Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Aaron Cook, Vicente Padilla, Justin Germano, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront vying for spots on the starting staff and available bullpen jobs, Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine plans to make cuts shortly. So far this spring, the majority of the pitchers haven't routinely...

Photochop Winners: Bobby Valentine Could Shake Hands With Bill Belichick, Bigfoot (Photos)

Bobby Valentine, or Mayor Valentine as many have started calling him, has been shaking hands and kissing babies since his first day on the job in Boston. Valentine's welcoming smile and friendly demeanor have lured many members of the media and Red Sox nation into an irresistible infatuation with the Sox new manager. But while Bobby V has been making his rounds and greeting people...

Lavarnway beating down the door

From By:Nick CarfadoPORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine loves what he’s seen from catcher Ryan Lavarnway, but he’s not quite ready to give him a spot on the 25-man roster. Valentine, who has managed Ivan Rodriguezand Mike Piazza, said Lavarnway has made strides in all phases of defense. Catching instructor Gary Tuck has given the youngster...

Maybe They Should Line Up by Height

I heard an amusing discussion this morning on WEEI, which referred to Lou Merloni's criticism of Bobby Valentine's lineup experimentation. Lou thinks Valentine should not have Jacoby Ellsbury or Dustin Pedroia bat at different points in the lineup during spring training, for the simple reason that everyone knows Jacoby will lead off and Pedroia will bat second. Let them get...

Red Sox Live Blog: Bobby Valentine Welcomes Old Friend John Farrell, Blue Jays to JetBlue Park for Rare Spring Night Game

8 a.m.: Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox will welcome old friend John Farrell to JetBlue Park on Tuesday, as the Blue Jays' manager enters the new confines with a surprisingly successful 13-4 record, so far this Spring. After a tough 8-4 loss to the Twins on Monday, the Sox will be looking to bounce back with some more enthusiasm and much a better effort out of their bullpen,...

Video: Jon Lester Reacts To Being Named 2012 Opening Day Starter

Earlier on Monday, Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine named Jon Lester as his starter for the opener against the Detroit Tigers on April 5th. It's the second straight year that Lester has started on Opening Day. Valentine also announced that Josh Beckett will follow in the next game and barring a rainout, Beckett is in line to start the home opener on April 13th against...

Bobby Valentine, Ben Cherington Encouraged As Daisuke Matsuzaka Throws First Live Batting Practice

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Daisuke Matsuzaka's return from Tommy John surgery took another step forward. Before the Red Sox' 8-4 defeat against the Twins on Monday, Matsuzaka threw his first live batting practice since the procedure. With manager Bobby Valentine, general manager Ben Cherington and pitching coach Bob McClure looking on, the hurler offered them reason to be encouraged...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.