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"You let him know that if you're that far down, there's only one way to go and that's up," he said. "I believe in him. I know nobody else in this room does, but I do. That's a good start and maybe if he's sitting in here that will make two of us by the time he leaves."
Earlier in the clubhouse, team trainer Mike Reinold was sitting and talking with rehabbing pitcher Rich Hill when Lester came over and the two walked away. Both Lester and Valentine maintain that Lester is healthy.
"He's not hurt, that's for sure," Valentine said. "He says he feels fine."
In his last three starts, Lester has allowed 21 earned runs on 25 hits, including five home runs with 10 walks and 12 strikeouts. His ERA is a career-worst 5.46.
When asked how important it would be to get both Lester and fellow starter Josh Beckett pitching well, Valentine said: "We have five guys who pitch every fifth day and they're all important when the game begins and they've got to give us a chance to let the offense start swinging."