Lester sparkles in return

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jon Lester returned to the mound just 11 months after being diagnosed with cancer. Lester picked up right where he left off and led the Red Sox to a 6-2 over the Indians. The lefty Lester pitched six strong innings, working his fastball to perfection. His teammates couldn't be happier for him. "It was supposed to be his night," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He just really competes." The Red Sox gave him plenty of support early, putting four runs on the board in the top of the first. "This isn't even about baseball, Curth Schilling said. "It just doesn't get any better the way a guy like that comes back to us. It's about family. The big thing is he's a great human being and that makes it an even better story. That wasn't your run-of-the-mill DL stint."