8 a.m. ET: When a pitcher’s “worst start of the year” includes going five innings and giving up two earned runs while striking out seven, that’s a sign the pitcher is having a pretty good year.
Such is the case for Jon Lester, who has not only bounced back from last season and reassumed the mantle of team ace but is also putting together one of his strongest stretches ever. Lester is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts this year. The Red Sox have not lost a game he has started, and he has pitched seven innings in each of his last three trips to the mound.
Lester will look to continue his dominance Wednesday afternoon when the Red Sox wrap up their three-game set with the Athletics in an early-afternoon game. Facing Lester is Brett Anderson, a lefty. He is 1-3 this year with a 5.95 ERA, and he left last Friday’s game against the Rays with an ankle injury after giving up four earned runs in the first frame.
NESN will have it all, starting with Red Sox First Pitch at 3 p.m. and Lester’s first pitch at 4:05. Check back here throughout the day for news, analysis and everything you need to know about Red Sox-A’s.