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Jon Lester moves up Red Sox strikeout charts, surpassing Luis Tiant for sixth place

04.13.13 at 2:08 pm ET
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With a third-inning strikeout of Evan Longoria, who swung through a 90 mph cutter, Jon Lester further cemented his place as one of the greatest Red Sox K artists in franchise history. His third strikeout of the day gave the left-hander 1,076 for his career, moving him ahead of Luis Tiant for the sixth highest career strikeout total in Red Sox franchise history. Lester already sits atop the all-time leaderboard for left-handed pitchers in Red Sox history.

Here is the list of Red Sox all-time strikeout leaders (with strikeouts per nine innings in parentheses):

1) Roger Clemens – 2,590 (8.4)

2) Tim Wakefield – 2,046 (6.1)

3) Pedro Martinez – 1,683 (11.0)

4) Cy Young – 1,341 (4.4)

5) Josh Beckett – 1,108 (8.0)

6) Jon Lester – 1,076 (8.2)

7) Luis Tiant – 1,075 (5.5)

8) Bruce Hurst – 1,043 (6.4)

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