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“Vintage Lester dominates Orioles” as Red Sox Edge Out Baltimore, 2-1

Published by on April 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

"Vintage Lester dominates Orioles" read the headline after Sunday's 2-1 Red Sox victory over Baltimore.  While headlines are known for hyperbole, by definition, Jon Lester's third and best start of 2009 was vintage.

vin-tage: adjective (1) representing the high quality of a past time (2) being the best of its kind.
After a breakout 2008 campaign, Jon Lester hadn't seemed to find his groove early in 2009.  Through his first two starts of the season, questions about his ability to avoid the "Verducci Effect" known to smite young pitchers coming off a season of above average workload were echoing across baseball blogs everywhere. *Can you really blame them?  A branded effect is hard to ignore.  ...

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