Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester visited with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers and talked about putting together a complete season in 2010. Grading himself on last season, he said: "An F in the first half and an A in the second half. I don't know what happened that first half. I guess I just got ahead of myself — wanting games to be over before they even started, wanting to look up and see if we won or lost. I'd say overall about a C."
Lester said physically he was fine last year, but his mental approach needed an adjustment. Said the pitcher: "When the game starts, I need to focus on that and focus on the first guy, getting him out, and worrying about inning to inning, whereas last year I would worry about the sixth, seventh, eighth inning before I got there.
"Physically, I felt great. I was throwing the ball fine. It seemed like it would snowball into one inning that would kill me every time. And that was because I'd get to that fourth, fifth inning and worry about, 'I need to get to the seventh,' instead of worrying about the fourth or fifth inning and getting ahead of myself."
Lester said his place in the rotation isn't important to him. "I'll take the ball whenever. I'm easy," he said. "I've never been a big guy on believing in that stuff. Opening Day would be fun, it would be nice, but at the same time, I just want to pitch, so give me the ball whenever."