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Red Sox exercise $13 million option on Jon Lester

Two-time All-Star Jon Lester has spent his entire eight-year career with the Red Sox. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images Two-time All-Star Jon Lester has spent his entire eight-year career with the Red Sox. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox exercised the $13 million option for left-handed pitcher Jon Lester for next season, the team announced Friday.

Lester just finished the final season of a five-year $30 million contract that had a team option for the 2014 season. The team had until midnight Saturday night to pick up the option.

Lester, 29, went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA and 177 strikeouts, pitching  213.1 innings in 33 starts this past season.

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Lester went 4-1 and allowed six runs over five starts in the postseason, including going 2-0 in the six-game World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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