It was probably the worst kept secret in camp. Manager John Farrell announced today that Jon Lester will start on Opening Day next Monday afternoon against CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees. Lester gets his final tune-up before the season begins today against the Marlins.
Clay Buchholz and Ryan Dempster will start the other two games in the Bronx. After that, it's on to Toronto, where Felix Doubront and John Lackey will pitch the first two games against the Blue Jays.
Ryan Lavarnway was optioned to Pawtucket. ... Shane Victorino had an MRI on his sore right wrist. ... Lyle Overbay was released.
And ... drum roll ... Tim McCarver will retire from the baseball booth after this season.