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Jon Lester’s career highlights with Red Sox

Jon Lester’s trade out of Boston closed his eight-season run as a member of the Red Sox’ starting rotation. Lester made quite a mark here as a member of two World Series-winning teams and having thrown a no-hitter.

Look back on some of the memorable moments in his Red Sox tenure:

June 2002: Red Sox draft Lester in the second round out of Bellarmine High in Tacoma, Wash.

June 2006: Lester, 22, makes his Red Sox debut and opens his career with a 5-0 mark in his first eight starts.

September 2006: The Red Sox announce that Lester will begin treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer.


July 2007: Lester returns after completing cancer treatment and earns a win, throwing six innings against Cleveland.

October 2007: Lester earns the victory in the World Series title-clinching win at Colorado. “A year ago, I wasn’t even playing baseball,” Lester said. “My season got cut short. And now to be here in this situation, this is a dream come true.”

May 2008: Lester throws a no-hitter against the Royals in a 7-0 win at Fenway Park.

Lester saluted the Fenway Park crowd after his no-hitter.JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF

March 2009: Lester reaches a long-term contract with the Red Sox that will keep him in Boston until 2014.

July 2010: Lester was named an All-Star for the first time. Lester took an 11-3 record with a 2.77 ERA into the All-Star Game.

November 2010: Lester finished fourth in the AL Cy Young voting behind winner Felix Hernandez, David Price, and CC Sabathia after going 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 32 starts.

April 2011: Lester made his first Opening Day start for the Red Sox, throwing 5⅓ innings in a 9-5 loss at Texas.

July 2011: Lester, with a 10-4 record and on a Red Sox team with an AL-best 55-35 mark, is named to the All-Star team again.


September 2011: Lester was at the forefront of a Red Sox team that collapsed down the stretch amid a 7-20 run. After the season, Lester would admit to drinking beer in the clubhouse during games, but denied that played a role in the team’s demise.

October 2012: Lester closed the worst season of his career with a 9-14 record. His final start, a 4-3 loss at the Yankees, came amid the Red Sox’ 8-game skid to end the team’s 69-93 season - the franchise’s worst since 1965.

October 2013: Lester won both games he started in the World Series vs. the Cardinals in helping the Red Sox to their second title in seven seasons.

Lester acknowledged the Fenway Park crowd after being pulled in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF

July 2014: Lester is named to the All-Star team for a third time. Though he has a record of just 9-7, Lester had a dominating first half of the season with an ERA of 2.65 at the break.