John Farrell announces Red Sox' playoff rotation, Jon Lester starts Game One

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Jon Lester will get the start in Game One as expected, with Lackey, Buchholz, and Peavy to follow.

John Farrell has made his plans for the Red Sox' playoff rotation public, and it's exactly what you'd expect. Jon Lester will get the start in Game One, followed up by John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Jake Peavy, in that order.

While Clay Buchholz likely would be pitching in Lester's place with a complete season, his lengthy injury left the Red Sox with just a few short starts to judge how close to his early-season self he is. So instead they'll turn to Lester, who has emerged from a mid-season slump to re-establish himself as one of Boston's best arms--a return-to-form highlighted by an early-September duel with Detroit ace Max Scherzer that felt for all the world like a playoff game.

As is, that will leave Jon Lester five days of rest between his start in Game One, and a hypothetical second appearance in Game 5. Alternatively, on the off chance the Sox instead go to Lester again in Game Four on three days of rest, John Lackey would have a full four for the series finale in Fenway.

With the ALCS scheduled to start on October 12th, the Red Sox could give anyone but their Game Five starter the first game on full rest should they manage to make it past the ALDS.

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