Jon Lester Stops Red Sox Slide for Third Time, Earning Him Amica Pitcher of the Week Honors


Jon Lester Stops Red Sox Slide for Third Time, Earning Him Amica Pitcher of the Week HonorsJon Lester
has reinvented himself as a pitcher in the last few games, showing a remarkable return to form after much of his season had devolved into high-pitch-count struggles and poor starts.

But Lester has been bringing more than that to the Red Sox lately — he's also shown an uncanny ability to help Boston rebound from losses.

Lester went seven innings Friday night, giving up six hits and three earned runs. Most importantly, though, he provided a W on the heels of a Red Sox' loss, the third straight time he's done that in his last three starts.

That's enough to earn Lester the Amica Pitcher of the Week honor for a stretch that was full of otherwise forgettable moments for Red Sox pitchers. Aaron Cook, Clay Buchholz and Franklin Morales all struggled this week, and the bullpen also had trouble during a 14-13 loss that was riveting to watch but not kind to the Red Sox' record.

Boston, in the thick of a series with the Kansas City Royals, starts a road trip west Tuesday, with Lester and company needing to lead the way as the Sox look for a late-season turnaround.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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