Maturing Jon Lester now Red Sox leader

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His work with children stricken with cancer has helped him. Kids, his own and the patients he befriends, have helped change Lester. The hard-edged young man who pitched his first game for the Red Sox in 2006 is 30 now and a team leader. Professional turmoil and personal growth helped define Lester in ways he’s proud of. “I’m a little softer now, I can admit that,” he said. “I’ve matured as a person.”

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