Parnell's legacy in good hands

As the torch passes to Jon Lester, Sox legendary lefty's spirit lives on

Updated: March 21, 2012, 7:19 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Whenever he is mentioned these days, it almost always is in connection with Jon Lester.

When Lester threw a no-hitter in 2008, he was the first Red Sox lefty to do so since Mel Parnell. When Lester won 19 games in 2010, it was the most by a Sox lefty since Mel Parnell won 21 in 1953.

When Lester won 15 games in 2011, his fourth straight season of 15 or more wins, he became the first Sox lefty to do so since Mel Parnell (1948-51).

And when Bobby Valentine ...

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