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Red Sox Exercise $13 Million Option On Lester

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Jon Lester tips his cap as he leaves the game in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Jon Lester tips his cap as he leaves the game in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have exercised their $13 million option on left-hander Jon Lester.

Lester was the starting and winning pitcher twice during Boston’s six-game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The 29-year-old was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season. He went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in the postseason, including victories in Games 1 and 5 of the Series.

He had a 0.59 ERA in his two starts against St. Louis — the best by a Red Sox pitcher making more than one start in a World Series since Hugh Bedient in 1912.

In his career, Lester is 100-56 record with a 3.76 ERA in 221 regular season appearances. His 1,237 strikeouts are the most by a Red Sox left-hander.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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