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Lester Throws No-hitter Against Royals!

Jon Lester can now add pitching a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments. The 24-year-old lefty, who survived cancer to pitch the clincher of Boston’s 2007 World Series victory, shut down Kansas City 7-0 Monday night for the first no-hitter in the majors this season.

Francona was asked during the press conference, “What pitches did Lester have working today?”, his answer: “All of them.” Lester was dominant tonight, throwing first-pitch strikes to get ahead of batters and control the game. Ellsbury’s spectacular catch in the 4th inning turned out to be the major play of the game.

Congrats Jon, you’ve earned it!

Some No-Hitter Notes:

  • Lester is the first Sox lefty to throw a no-hitter since Mel Parnell in 1956.
  • Jason Varitek is the first catcher to catch four no-hitters in his career (Lester in 2008, Clay Buchholz in 2007, Derek Lowe in 2002, and Hideo Nomo in 2001).
  • At 24, Lester is the fourth-youngest pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter.
  • No Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter between 1965 and 2001, and now four have in the last eight years.
  • Nolan Ryan is the only other player to no-hit the Kansas City Royals.

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3 comments for “Lester Throws No-hitter Against Royals!”

  1. This no-hitter probably has the Yankees shaking in their boots. Our young studs (including Buchholz) have two no-hitters already in their career. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy have had really rough starts to their careers this season.

    Next year Masterson will be in the mix too. So this is what it’s like to have an amazing minor league system…

    Posted by KC | May 20, 2008, 3:12 am
  2. Jon Lester is one of the players that have a lot of determination in them, in my opinion. Pitching a no-hitter is great, but overcoming cancer and then pitching a no-hitter is amazing. Lester is a great player, and here is an interesting article about the Battle of Jon Lester’s Life

    Posted by Jack | May 21, 2008, 2:28 pm
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