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Lester traveled hard road to no-hitter

Originally Published: May 20, 2008
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

BOSTON -- It had already been a long day for Terry Francona by the time the ninth inning rolled around Monday night.

Francona had begun the day in Philadelphia, having flown there the previous night to attend his son Nick's graduation at the University of Pennsylvania before arriving back at Fenway Park a little more than three hours before first pitch.

Then, as he watched what Jon Lester was accomplishing in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals, Francona felt a familiar ...

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