Jon Lester to start Red Sox opener

Updated: March 19, 2012, 2:57 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester may be blowing Josh Beckett's cover.

Lester, who was announced as Boston's Opening Day starter by manager Bobby Valentine on Monday morning, said he was appreciative of the fact that Beckett told the manager the left-hander should get the nod.

That was back on New Year's Day, Valentine said, when they met in Texas.

"Josh explained to me about starting pitchers and their Opening Day status or mentality or whatever," Valentine said. "He ...

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