Jon Lester allowed one hit over three scoreless innings in his delayed first spring training start and David Ortiz hit his first home run of the exhibition season Monday as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Monday that the way his rotation is currently lined up could well be the way it stays when the season starts. Lefty ace Jon Lester, on the mound Monday for his Grapefruit League debut, is positioned perfectly to open the season March 31 at Camden Yards against the Orioles.
Three-fifths of the Red Sox's starting rotation is moving closer to appearing in the Grapefruit League. Left-hander Jon Lester threw a 38-pitch, three-inning simulated game against Minor Leaguers back at the team's complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday morning, while the team sent a contingent to face the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Lester's lack of upside makes him even less appealing specifically for fantasy owners. But reliability is a nice thing if the price is right. And Lester's is. I'd call him a number four starter in mixed leagues, which is right in line with his ADP of 40 among starters. - Brett Talley