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Jon Lester looks sharp in matchup with Cliff Lee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jon Lester would have loved to preserve a few of his pitches after a shaky first inning yielded the Phillies a run, but for the most part, his marquee matchup against Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee went pretty smooth in a 4-1 Red Sox loss to the Phillies on Saturday night at Jet Blue Park.

Lester allowed one run on two hits, walked one, and struck out five. He threw 68 pitches over four innings and seems to be progressing well toward his Opening Day start.

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