Jon Lester continues to work the rehab circuit, and the news continues to be good. On Tuesday, he went four innings against the Columbus Catfish, striking out five and retiring the first eight batters he faced.

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Lester will make two more starts for Greenville, after which point the Red Sox will determine the next step in his road back to Fenway.

“He’s just begging for more innings. And he’ll go to five next time out,” Francona said. “His velocity was up a little bit, which is not surprising as he’s gaining some endurance. He pitched well. I think he got up to 93 [mph] last night, which he hadn’t quite done yet this year.”

Even cooler: check the new facial hair. Still a far cry from Team Beard Leader Mike Lowell’s spectacular display. But something I can get behind nonetheless.