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Lester ready to win rotation spot

Updated: February 13, 2007, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- His cancer is gone and his curve is back.

Jon Lester feels ready to win a spot on Boston's pitching staff less than six months after being diagnosed with a disease that threatened, at the very least, a promising career. Now he must convince manager Terry Francona and Boston's other decision-makers who have preached caution.

"I think it's because they haven't seen me," Lester said.

When they do, they may be shocked.

"I surprise people," he said. "They're ...

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