ALDS rotation set: Lester to start Game 1

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Wednesday what many thought for the better part of a week, naming Jon Lester as his Game 1 starter in the American League Division Series, which begins Friday at Fenway Park.

Farrell made the announcement in the moments after the team's six-inning scrimmage. John Lackey will start Game 2 and Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy, the two starters in the scrimmage, will go in that order on the road in Games 3 and 4.

For Lester, it will be his ninth postseason appearance and seventh start. It is his first playoff outing since getting the loss opposite Lackey in Game 1 of the 2009 ALDS at Fenway. Lester carries loads of momentum into this postseason, having gone 5-2 with a 2.19 ERA over his final 10 outings.

"He's been outstanding in the second half and the last eight starts he's put together for us he's been very strong," Farrell said. "He'll lead the way for us from a starting standpoint."

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