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FORT MYERS, Fla. — A crowd of about 30 people watched Red Sox ace Jon Lester pitch a minor league game on a wind-swept practice field Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s harder when you don’t have a stadium and the crowd,” said Lester, who threw 94 pitches over six innings in his final game of spring training. “Biggest thing is [staying] healthy.”
The Red Sox were playing the Orioles at JetBlue Park off in the distance, the same team Lester will face on Opening Day this Monday. So the decision was made to have the lefthander pitch for Single A Salem against the Fort Myers Twins of the Florida State League.
He allowed one run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.