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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Lester: 'Welcome back John!'

By ESPNBoston.com

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, whose best seasons came with John Farrell as his pitching coach, tweeted early this morning on the news that Farrell will become his team's manager:

Welcome back John!!Can't wait to get back to work!! #RedSox

— Jon Lester (@JLester31) October 21, 2012


Under Farrell's tutelage, Lester was 54-23 with a 3.40 ERA, 652 strikeouts and 244 walks in 684 2/3 innings pitched from 2007-10. Since Farrell left, Lester is 24-23 with a 4.17 ERA, 348 strikeouts and 143 walks in 397 innings pitched. He had a career-worst 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA this past season.

Infielder Mike Aviles, who will go to Toronto as compensation for Farrell, also took to Twitter to react to the news:

Wanna thank #RedSoxNation for all the support, great city, team and fans! Loved my time there but now it's time for a new chapter! #gojays

— Mike Aviles(@Themikeaviles) October 21, 2012