Monday, May 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

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.

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