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Red Sox ace Jon Lester looks sharp matchup with Phillies ace Cliff Lee

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jon Lester would have loved to preserve a few of his pitches after a shaky first inning yielded the Phillies a run, but for the most part, his marquee matchup against Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee went pretty smooth in a 4-1 Red Sox loss to the Phillies on Saturday night at Jet Blue Park.

Lester allowed one run on two hits, walked one, and struck out five. He threw 68 pitches over four innings and seems to be progressing well toward his Opening Day start.

“It was good,” Lester said. “I was able to get up and down four times. I wish I could have preserved a few pitches so I could get into the fifth or sixth, but I was able to work on things.”

The biggest kick Lester got was watching Lee throw strikes and pitch fast.

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