Red Sox lefty Jon Lester faces minor leaguers

Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched into the sixth

inning against minor leaguers Friday, allowing two run and four

hits.

Looking to avoid taking a long bus ride for a chance at facing

an AL East rival, Lester remained at the Red Sox spring training

complex and struck out seven against Triple-A Rochester, the

Minnesota Twins’ top affiliate.

”It was good,” Lester said. ”Got some things done. Got up

there in the pitch count, which was good. I was able to do a couple

of different things. Threw some changeups behind in the count, so

it was good.”

The Red Sox lost 1-0 in Dunedin against the Toronto Blue

Jays.

Lester threw 100 pitches for the first time this spring in 5 1-3

innings.

Lester has one more scheduled outing this spring, Wednesday. He

is lined up to start opening day at the New York Yankees on April

1.

In five Grapefruit League outings this spring, spanning 20

innings, Lester has allowed just two runs for a 0.90 ERA. He’s

allowed six hits and four walks, and has 16 strikeouts.