Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lester drawing from experience

BOSTON — Red Sox LHP Jon Lester starts Game 1 of the World Series six years after his win finished off Boston's sweep of the Rockies. That signature win at Coors Field came less than a year after doctors pronounced him cancer-free from anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Lester reflected Tuesday on the difference between that 2007 outing and tonight's start.

"I think completely, you know, at different ends for me. Like you said, different circumstances at the time," he said. "I mean, I just remember nerves. I remember just the anxiety of trying to just get to the field and calm down a little bit. Different point in my career, I think, too.

"Obviously, (today) there will still be nerves, there will still be all that to be expected. But I think I know who I am a little bit more as a pitcher and what to expect from myself and what to expect from the crowd and all the different things that go along with getting a start in the World Series."

Lester also realizes his medical comeback might serve as an inspiration.

"If that story gets out tomorrow and that helps somebody in a hospital room or helps somebody that's struggling with their treatment or whatever it is, great. That's kind of what we try to do in our foundation, as well, and spread the word of cancer awareness," he said.

ROSTERS SET: The Cardinals made one switch in their postseason roster for the World Series, adding 1B Allen Craig and dropping OF Adron Chambers. The Red Sox will stay with the same 25 they used in the AL Championship Series.

Craig hasn't played since Sept. 4 because of a sprained left foot, but he has been working his way back. He was the Cardinals' cleanup man for most of the season.

Craig is set to be the Cardinals' DH against Lester tonight and in Game 2 against RHP John Lackey.

SERIES CREW: John Hirschbeck will umpire his fourth World Series and will be crew chief. Hirschbeck will be behind the plate tonight, with Mark Wegner at first, Dana DeMuth at second, Paul Emmel at third, Bill Miller in left and Jim Joyce in right.

World Series

Cardinals vs. Red Sox

(TV: Ch. 13)

Tonight: at Boston, 8:07

Thursday: at Boston, 8:07

Saturday: at St. Louis, 8:07

Sunday: at St. Louis, 8:15

Monday: at St. Louis, 8:07*

Oct. 30: at Boston, 8:07*

Oct. 31: at Boston, 8:07*

* If necessary

Lester drawing from experience 10/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant in 10-inning victory

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and working eight strong innings overall in a 4-2 10-inning victory over the Pirates.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better as the season goes on, which could make the Rays' decision whether to trade the free-agent-to-be tougher and tougher. He was efficient and effective, rolling through six no-hit innings and eight total.

  3. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    Adeiny Hechavarria is quick to make his presence felt.
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Rays sign first-round pick Brendan McKay to record bonus

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Determining whether top draft pick Brendan McKay will be more productive as a pitcher or a hitter or can handle the demands of doing both professionally will be a long endeavor that could take years.

    Louisville pitcher Brendan McKay  connects for a grand slam home run during the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament against Notre Dame in May in Louisville, Ky. [Timothy D. Easley/theACC.com via AP]