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Lester hoping for repeat performance

The Red Sox are putting their hopes on starter Jon Lester to lead them to victory in  Game 5 of the ALCS.
The Red Sox are putting their hopes on starter Jon Lester to lead them to victory in Game 5 of the ALCS.Credit: Jim DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF

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DETROIT — Jon Lester arrived for a news conference on Wednesday afternoon with his cap pulled down just above his eyes and a serious expression on his face. The lefthander looked ready to pitch a day before he takes the mound.

Lester has a 2.41 earned run average in 10 career postseason appearances. He pitched in the World Series at age 23 and has become accustomed to the intensity it requires.

The Red Sox will start Lester in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday night, hoping he can repeat his performance in Game 1.

The lefthander allowed one run on six hits over 6 innings but took the loss as the Red Sox were held to one hit in a 1-0 loss.

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