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Lester Leads Cubs to 6th Straight Win

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- John Lester pitched seven innings allowing nine hits, one run, one walk, while striking out seven, to lead the Chicago Cubs to its sixth straight win, this one over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday.

Lester outpitched Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, who threw six innings allowing seven hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out eight.

"I was fortunate to get some quick outs, especially early in the game," Lester said, "and then kind of from there, just trying to maintain, trying to keep our guys in the dugout as best we could, get out of that warm air and you know get these guys up to bat against Cole."

Kris Bryant went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, and Starlin Castro had two RBIs in the win.

The Cubs are on their longest winning-streak since 2011 when they won seven straight.

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Cubs' Jon Lester Against Newly-Proposed Pitch Clock

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- With Major League Baseball experimenting with a pitch clock for pitchers, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester thinks its a terrible idea.

"If you [use a pitch clock] you take the beauty out of the game," he said Friday night at the Cubs' fans convention. "There's such a cat-and-mouse game as far as messing up hitters' timing, messing up pitchers' timing."

"Different things that fans and people that have never played this game don't understand. I feel like if you do add a clock it just takes all the beauty away from the game. I think you're going down a path you don't want to go down," he continued.

Major League Baseball will try implementing pitch clocks at the Double-A and Triple-A this season in an effort to speed up the game.

After it was already tested in the Arizona Fall League, it could be coming to the Major League level in the upcoming years.

The penalty for exceeding 20 seconds was a ball added to the hitter's count. Games were shortened by about 10 minutes.

In 2014, the average game lasted 3 hours, 8 minutes.

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Report: Cubs Agree to 2-Year Deal with David Ross

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers.

The 37-year-old Ross has spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2013.

Ross is reunited with new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. The two played most of the last two seasons together in Boston. Ross served as Lester's catcher for 29 games. During those games, Lester had a .277 ERA.

Ross is expected to back up Miguel Montero.

The Cubs also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers.

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Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  A familiar face will soon be re-joining the Boston Red Sox.

While it isn't Jon Lester, who many hoped would return Fenway but instead signed with the Chicago Cubs, Thursday the Red Sox brought back Justin Masterson.

Masterson, 29, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and played with the team through 2009, signed with the team for one-year $9.5 million.

In 2009, the Red Sox traded Masterson to the Cleveland Indians as part of a package to acquire catcher, Victor Martinez.

Masterson began to struggle last year, posting a 5.88 ERA in 2014. The Indians traded Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Red Birds were unable to solve the mechanical issues that have begun to haunt the sinker baller.

The Red Sox will hope that a low-risk signing of a familiar face will provide a boost to a rotation that posted a 4.01 ERA in the 2013 season.

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Lester Defends Self Against Red Sox Fans Criticisms

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- Jon Lester officially signed with the Chicago Cubs Saturday, for six-years, $155 million.

In doing so, he chose not to re-join his former team, the Boston Red Sox; a fact that did not sit well with many of the Fenway Faithful. 

Some fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the perception that Lester only followed the money.

One fan named Peter wrote, "Does money change a man's mind about family? If so, don't call us family. Have respect for you but money was your #1 priority." 

This did not sit well with Lester who took the time to respond with, "It does not, and I'm sorry you feel that way Peter but that couldn't be further from the truth," Lester replied.

Some fans made things a little more personal as another accused, "Red Sox org. and Red Sox Nation supported you unconditionally while you battled cancer, not the Cubs. Your values are messed up."

Lester defended his decision and took the high road.

"I know they did, and I love them for it. Sorry you feel that way but I'd like to think my values are some of my best qualities," Lester said.

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Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca) -- The biggest pitching prize in baseball signed with the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday.

According to and ESPN, Jon Lester has agreed to a 6 year, $155 million contract as part of a new look, new attitude club that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years.

Lester joins new Chicago manager Joe Maddon, who recently came over from the Tampa Bay Rays, in what many are expecting to be an aggressive push towards contending in 2015.

The Cubs have also recently signed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as catcher Miguel Montero.

"We have a nice ball club," Maddon said. "The pitching staff needed to be solidified, Jason Hammel helped do that. Now all of a sudden you get Jon Lester in there, beyond his pitching ability, what it does within the clubhouse among the other guys, when you talk about playoffs and World Series', it becomes more believable."

While the big name, high-priced acquisitions are capturing the headlines, the Cubs future is dependent upon the young talent the team has been developing. The list of players soon to join The Show include infielder Addison Russell, who the team acquired from the A's last season in the Jeff Samardzija deal, slugger Javier Baez, third basemen Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler.

"Primarily, I think every young Cub, sitting wherever they are sitting tonight, has a stronger believability in what we are doing next year," said Maddon to ESPN after the announcement of the Lester signing.

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Red Sox in Pursuit of Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have offered pitcher Jon Lester a contract, reports, according to a major league source.

Lester met with the team's owners earlier this week and met with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

The Red Sox traded Lester at the July 31 deadline to the Oakland Athletics after he could not work out a new deal with Boston.

The Red Sox offered Lester a four-year deal worth $70 million in mid-March, but that deal was rejected.

Lester finished last season 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA.

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Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Salvador Perez's walk-off single with two outs in the 12th sent the Kansas City Royals past the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Tuesday night, in the American League Wild Card game.

After the Athletics took the lead in the top of the 12th on an Alberto Callaspo RBI single, the Royals answered back. Eric Hosmer hit a triple and then scored the tying run on Christian Colon's RBI infield single. Colon then stole second base before scoring the game-winner on Perez's clutch hit.

"This will go down as the craziest game I've ever played," Hosmer said. "This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season."

Hosmer is right, the game was pretty crazy. The Royals, who were playing in their first postseason since 1985, were leading 3-2 in the sixth inning when starting pitcher James Shields allowed a hit and then walked a batter. That prompted Kansas City skipper Ned Yost to pull Shields for rookie Yordano Ventura. Ventura then allowed a three-run home run to Brandon Moss, his second homer of the game, to make it 5-3. The A's added two more runs that inning, creating a deficit that appeared the Royals would not overcome. But Kansas City clawed out three runs in the eighth and Norichicka Aoki's sacrifice fly in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.

This is the Athletics seventh-straight loss in a winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

The Royals now advance to take on the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five Division Series. Game 1 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.


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Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, walking one while striking out three, winning his first start with the Oakland Athletics 8-3, over the Kansas City Royals Saturday.

Oakland acquired Lester (11-7) from the Boston Red Sox in a trade Thursday. That trade also included outfielder Jonny Gomes, who had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.

Oakland (67-42) trailed 1-0 when it exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning.

Royals starter Jason Vargas (8-5) takes the loss allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Kansas City (56-53) now sits five games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.

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Red Sox Ship John Lackey to the Cardinals 

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Boston Red Sox stayed active in the trade market Thursday, shipping starting pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

It was the second deal completed prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline by the Red Sox, who also traded All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The 35-year-old Lackey will join a Cardinals rotation that has been without starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.  The team also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in a separate deal on Wednesday.

Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season.  He will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed all of 2012.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2014 with St. Louis, while Craig has struggled at the plate for much of the season.  The once promising young star is hitting just .237 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs.

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