The 29-year-old lefty went 15-8 in the regular season with an ERA of 3.75. Farrell told reporters Wednesday afternoon after a team scrimmage that Lester's second-half performance was the reason.
Lester will have a big advantage in his start Friday. The late afternoon shadows that will be in full force will favor the rested pitcher against either the Tampa Bay Rays or Cleveland Indians.
Lester and the rest of the Red Sox will know later Wednesday night who they will face after Tampa and Cleveland face off in the AL Wild Card Game.
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