Red Sox manager John Farrell names Jon Lester as ALDS Game 1 starter

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Red Sox manager John Farrell on Wednesday made official what has been obvious for several weeks now, that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Jake Peavy will follow.

“We’re deep. We’re talented,” Farrell said. “Guys have been, I think, very consistent for the better part of the entire season. Each guy that takes the mound we’re very confident will put together a solid game.”

Lester (15-8, 3.75 earned run average) earned the Game 1 start by going 7-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 13 starts following the All-Star break. The lefthander, who will speak to the media on Thursday, is 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in eight postseason appearances.

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