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Aug 17, 2014
Rotoworld
Jon Lester delivered a quality start on Sunday, but was handed his eighth loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits over six frames against the Braves.
Aug 13, 2014
KFFL
Oakland Athletics SP Jon Lester sounds like he'd be open to a return to the ...
San Jose Mercury News Aug 18, 2014

Thompson: A's trade for Jon Lester will be judged in October

Jon Lester came to the A's for one reason: to bring a World Series to Oakland; trading Cespedes to Boston Red Sox was heavy price, and that's how trade will be judged.
Sacramento Bee Aug 18, 2014
Reeling A's left in 'funk' with 4-3 loss to Braves

Reeling A's left in 'funk' with 4-3 loss to Braves

The Oakland Athletics are reeling. They no longer have sole possession of first place in the AL West, and Jon Lester's winning streak came to an end on Sunday night. Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36), pitcher Jon Lester (31) and manager Bob Melvin plead their case to umpire Ted Barrett after an infield line drive and error allowed Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton to advance from first base to third base during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first...
Athletics Nation Aug 17, 2014

Game #124: A's drop fifth straight, Lester picks up first loss with Oakland

Oh, well. The A's have lost five straight games, have been offensively underwhelming since the All-Star Break, aren't getting picked up by their starting pitching, are banged up, you name it. And somehow, they're still leading Major League Baseball in wins. They're still tied for first place in the American League West, and the American League, and still own what's almost inarguably baseball's best starting rotation, along with a lineup as capable as any other of putting up big offensive numbers. So things could be worse. Tonight's loss saw Jon Lester come back down to earth in his fourth...
San Jose Mercury News Aug 17, 2014

A's, Lester, lose to Braves

Jon Lester took his first loss in an Oakland uniform as the A's fell to Atlanta 4-3 despite two homers from Nate Freiman; the Braves swept the three-game series, and the A's went 1-6 on the road trip.
Sacramento Bee Aug 17, 2014
Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3

Upton's 2-run HR helps Braves top Lester, A's 4-3

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer, Chris Johnson also went deep and the Atlanta Braves beat Jon Lester and the reeling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday night, ending Lester's seven-game winning streak. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor delivers to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton, center, is congratulated in the dugout after...
Rotoworld Aug 17, 2014

Jon Lester delivers quality start in defeat - Jon Lester (S) Oakland Athletics

Jon Lester delivered a quality start on Sunday, but was handed his eighth loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits over six frames against the Braves.

Braves’ homers sink Lester, A’s; Oakland goes 1-6 on trip

From Susan Slusser at Turner Field A truly dreadful road trip behind them, the A’s come back home this week with a date with the Angels looming. Only because of some help from ex-Oakland player Adam Rosales, who led Texas’ comeback win over the Angels on Sunday, the A’s remain in a tie atop the AL West, percentages points separating them from the Angels. But the A’s had shiny new toy Jon Lester, undefeated in his previous three starts with Oakland, on the mound at Atlanta and they still fell 4-3, swept by a Braves club that is having a down season. Oakland’s five-game losing streak...
Athletics Nation Aug 15, 2014
Putting the Athletics' poor August into perspective

Putting the Athletics' poor August into perspective

This too shall pass. The Oakland Athletics are 73-48 entering Friday's series opener in Atlanta. However, they have hit an August swoon and are only 7-7 in the current month. You could phrase that differently -- 7-7 since trading Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester, for example. Or, 6-6 since losing Nick Punto to the disabled list. But one way or other, the team is treading water, and that's largely because they aren't hitting at all. They've scored 54 runs in those 14 games, and although an average of around four runs per game isn't terrible, it is worth noting that three of those victories...
Full Count | WEEI Aug 15, 2014

Jon Lester explains not going to highest bidder, John Henry hug

Appearing Friday morning on “The Hill-Man Morning Show” on WAAF, former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester explained the thought process behind his recent comments to the Boston Herald regarding not necessarily taking the highest offer as a free agent in the upcoming offseason. “The whole point behind that was ‘€¦ The question behind it was, […]
Jon Lester Describes Last Hug with John Henry As 'Awkward'

Jon Lester Describes Last Hug with John Henry As 'Awkward'

"I kind of went in for the hug before he wanted the hug," Lester said of the famed goodbye bro-hug he shared with Red Sox owner John Henry after the ace was traded to Oakland on July 31.
Over the Monster Aug 15, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ross, Pedro Martinez, Jon Lester

Today's links look at David Ross's last-go-round and Pedro Martinez's thoughts on Jon Lester and Roger Clemens. David Ross might be coming back, and he wants it to be in Boston. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) What might have been if Tom Werner had been named commissioner. (John Tomase; Boston Herald) What could happen with Rob Manfred being named commissioner. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston) Pedro wants Jon Lester back. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) He also wants Roger Clemens in the Hall of Fame. (Eric Wilbur; Boston.com) This guy thinks Red Sox fans agree with him. (Ricky Doyle; NESN) And...

Pedro: 'I'm not happy that Lester is not here'

BOSTON -- Not only do Red Sox fans want Jon Lester to return and re-sign with Boston as a free agent, a couple of former prominent pitchers hope so, too. Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens said Thursday they believe Lester, who was traded to the Oakland Athletics on July 31, should return and finish his career with the Red Sox. “I hope he comes back, because he’s the perfect guy to actually have in the clubhouse, influence kids and I think Les is a guy that I’m against seeing him leave,” said Martinez, who is also a special assistant to general...
Athletics Nation Aug 13, 2014

The Emerging Reality About Lester And Cespedes

Acquiring a starting pitcher and trading away a middle-of-the-order hitter is a weird thing. They each have value, and in the cases of Jon Lester (3-0 in 3 starts with Oakland) and Yoenis Cespedes (already 2 game-winning HRs with Boston) their value is pretty apparent. But their value comes in SUCH different contexts that it is not like comparing apples to oranges. It's more like comparing xylophones to wombats. Lester doesn't even participate in 4 out of every 5 games, while Cespedes plays every day as part of an ensemble cast of batters and fielders. And what we have seen so far is...
Chicago Sun-Times Aug 13, 2014

Comment by Jon Lester viewed as a positive for Cubs

Likely Cubs free-agent target Jon Lester’s assertion in recent days that he won’t necessarily look for the most money on the ­market as one of the top available pitchers next ­winter seems to put the Cubs and Red Sox in the front-runner positions more than two months out. Lester, who told media this week his comfort level is more important, was drafted and developed by Cubs’ regime, when several of the top execs were in Boston. The Red Sox traded him to the...
Full Count | WEEI Aug 13, 2014

John Farrell on MFB: ‘I think we would all love to see Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform’

Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss the state of the team and the prospects of Jon Lester returning to the club in the offseason. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. The Sox won consecutive games for the first time since July 20-21 with a 3-2 […]

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