Lester Throws No-Hitter

24-year-old Red Sox lefty and cancer survivor beats KC Royals
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 9:10 PM CDT
Lester Throws No-Hitter
Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester embraces catcher Jason Varitek after throwing a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, May 19, 2008. The Red Sox won 7-0.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Jon Lester can now add pitching a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments. The 24-year-old lefty, who survived cancer to pitch the clincher of Boston's 2007 World Series victory, shut down Kansas City 7-0 Monday night for the first no-hitter in the majors this season. "Really, words can't describe it right now," Lester said.

Lester (3-2) allowed just two baserunners, walking Billy Butler in the second inning and Esteban German to open the ninth. He struck out nine, including Alberto Callaspo to end the game. Lester and manager Terry Francona met for a long, hard embrace when it was over. "He just said he was proud of me," Lester said. "I've been through a lot the last couple of years. He's been like a second dad to me. It was just a special moment right there." (More Boston Red Sox stories.)

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