Lester, Verlander Duel Lives Up To Opening Day Hype

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM
Lester, Verlander Duel Lives Up To Opening Day Hype
" BOSTON (CBS) – Jon Lester was solid in his Opening Day bid against the Detroit Tigers, but did not get much support from the Red Sox’ bats.

His opposition had a lot to do with that.

Lester and Tigers ace Justin Verlander had themselves an entertaining pitchers’ duel on Opening Day, with the two giving up just one run in their 15 combined innings of work.

The Sox lefty went seven strong, allowing just one earned run off six hits and three walks. Lester struck out four, but more impressively, got the Tigers to ground into three double plays.

“Lester was terrific. He did just what he needed to do — put up innings,” manager Bobby Valentine said after the Tigers’ dramatic 3-2 win. “He did a great job. … He gave us 106 pitches, and other than a couple of pitches he threw when he was ahead in the count, I thought he was in command. Had his cutter working inside, his two-seamer away. His curveball was breaking over as strikes. There were a couple really close calls, too.”

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