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Lester's work is done

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  March 5, 2008 02:01 PM

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Jon Lester has given way to Hideki Okajima after working three innings. He gave up a swinging bunt single to Ryan Freel and a sharply hit single by Scott Hatteberg to start his afternoon, but Kevin Youkilis turned a hard shot to first into a double play, Freel doubled up in a rundown, and Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to third to end the inning.

He got two quick outs in the second, then gave up a double to Drew T. Anderson and a line single by Jolbert Cabrera for a Reds run. He walked Paul Bako after being ahead 1-and-2, then fell behind Freel, 3 and 0, before recovering and getting an infield out to end the inning. He threw 34 pitches in the second.

The third was a 1-2-3, 12-pitch exercise. The line: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.

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