Red Sox's Lester says letter from Lance served as inspiration

Updated: July 24, 2007, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- While he was battling cancer, Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester had a famous survivor pedaling along with him.

Not long after he was diagnosed last year with a treatable form of lymphoma, Lester received a handwritten note from Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, who overcame testicular cancer.

"I was kind of surprised,'' said Lester, who on Monday won his first major league start in 11 months since being diagnosed with ...

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