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Jon Lester to start Red Sox opener at Baltimore

  • Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Members of the Boston Red Sox bow their heads during a moment of silence for two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire Wednesday, before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, second right, watches from the dugout in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Red Sox announced today that Lester will be the starting pitcher on opening day.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jon Lester was picked to start on opening day for the Boston Red Sox.

Boston Manager John Farrell announced yesterday that Lester will pitch Monday in Baltimore against the Orioles. The news came as no surprise, but Farrell had waited to make an announcement.

It will be Lester’s fourth consecutive opening day start, the fifth-longest streak in team history behind Pedro Martinez (seven), Roger Clemens (seven), Dennis Eckersley (five) and Cy Young (five).

Lester went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts and 213 1/3 innings last year, helping the Red Sox to their third World Series championship in 10 years. The 30-year-old left-hander is 100-56 with a 3.76 ERA in eight seasons with Boston.

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