Lester's poise sets him apart

He's quickly become one of game's top lefties

Updated: October 8, 2009, 4:31 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPNBoston.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When Paul Byrd is asked what impresses him most about Jon Lester, he doesn't list the pitcher's repertoire or that he has thrown a no-hitter, the traits usually associated with the successful young Red Sox left-hander.

Byrd, instead, said it's Lester's seamless transition into the league that impresses him the most.

"You get up here and you get acclimated, it [usually] takes you a year or two to get adjusted," Byrd says. "Well, Lester, he pitches like he's 35."

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