TAMPA, Fla. — Terry Francona has not yet announced who he plans to start against C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers on April 1.
But if you look at the rotation that’s in place now, Jon Lester is lined up perfectly for the coveted assignment.
The big lefty is scheduled to make his next start on Sunday. If you go every five days from there, that sets him up for April 1 with one extra day of rest because the team does not have a game on March 31.
As the rotation stands right now, John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka would follow.
Obviously a lot can change between now and April 1. But spring training has reached the stage where the starters get into their five-day routines and for Lester, that has him set up for the Rangers on Opening Day.