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Jon Lester finally gets an Opening Day win

Unlike two times before, lefty starts with victory

NEW YORK — The opportunity was there for Jon Lester to begin washing away last season’s inexplicable struggles.

It was his only losing year in his first seven major league seasons. It took him five starts to earn his first win. He finished the year 9-14, his 4.82 ERA so high it felt foreign. Not just to him, but to everyone in the Red Sox clubhouse.

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