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Lester, Lackey will start Game 1

Updated: October 5, 2009, 4:39 PM ET
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Jon Lester will start the opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS, followed by Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.

If the series goes to a fourth and fifth game, Lester could be available to pitch on short rest and Beckett would be on his regular rest for the finale.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the announcement after Sunday's 12-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the regular-season finale.

Francona, who said earlier in the day that Tim Wakefield would ...

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