Former Sea Dog Jon Lester in his final tuneup

The Red Sox Minor League Complex had a camp day on Sunday, and Jon Lester pitched in a 5-inning intra-squad game, his final appearance before the start of the regular season.

Lester pitched five innings, allowing 9 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 0 walks and 5 strikeouts. Former Sea Dog Luis Exposito hit a solo-homer off Lester, a deep drive to straight away right field.  Jason Varitek was behind the plate for all five innings, but I missed most of his at-bats.

I’ll add some video of Lester later on.

Chance to chat with a few players: Kris Johnson is coming off shoulder tendinitis, and has pitched once in the past five days.  Also met Kris’s dad, great guy.  Sea Dogs’ pitching coach Bob Kipper said Stephen Fife threw the ball well today.  Fife took part in a four-inning intra-squad game on field two.  “He was much better after the first inning,” said Kipper.  “Looked locked in and ready to go.”

After the intra-squad games I made my through the locker room of the Minor League Complex and bumped into some former Sea Dogs, who I haven’t seen in years.  Zach Daeges is still rehabbing and hopes to play soon.  I feel like I only bumped into outfielders: Daeges, Daniel Nava, Josh Reddick, Ryan Kalish and Che-Hsuan Lin.  Ryan Khoury had his right (picture on the left – Varitek and Lester begin the day) leg wrapped but he’s fine.

With Lester pitching, there was a small media crowd huddled in the shade.  They’ve been down here longer than me, so they’re use to the son.  Scott Lauber, who writes for the Boston Herald, was the beat writer in Binghamton back in 2005.  Nick Cafardo (Boston Globe) and Ian Browne (Red Sox.com) were also in attendance.

I’ll have some more photos and media later on.

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