Maddon says Lester likely to miss 1-2 starts for CubsLester allowed consecutive singles in the third before Maddon replaced him with Brad Brach, and the Cubs' beleaguered bullpen shut down the Pirates in a 10-0 victory.
Chicago Cubs Spring Training: Jon Lester, 'I Wouldn't Show Up If We Didn't Have Chance To Win World Series'"He's definitely an anchor and he's really taken to this leadership thing. I think he's got the same enthusiasm that he had 10 years ago."
Cub's Pitcher Jon Lester Invites Tyler Trent, 20-Year-Old Battling Cancer, To WrigleyJon Lester personally invited Tyler Trent, the 20-year-old Purdue super fan battling bone cancer, to Opening Day at Wrigley Field.
Cubs Bullpen Has Them In Prime Position To Win World SeriesWith a lineup consisting of strong hitters from top-to-bottom, along with a solid starting rotation and one of the league's best bullpens, the Chicago Cubs are in prime position to make a yet another run at a World Series title.
Lester Helps Cubs Beat Rockies 3-2 For 5th Straight WinLester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save of the season.
Cubs Reveal Rotation Order: Lester, Hendricks, Darvish, Quintana, ChatwoodThe Cubs' high-profile free-agent acquisition, Darvish will serve as the team's No. 3 starter.
Cubs Name Jon Lester Their Opening Day StarterThis will be Lester's third start in the past four years on Opening Day for the Cubs.
Kyle Hendricks Enjoys Passing Down Pitching Knowledge To Cubs TeammatesJon Lester and John Lackey have served as mentors for Hendricks, who's now trying to be a teacher himself.
Levine: Cubs' Jon Lester Ready To Roll, Even If He's Annoyed By Possible Pace-Of-Play Rule ChangesLester called the possible limit on mound visits and a pitch clock a "terrible idea."
Levine: Cubs Rotation Has Potential To Be Best In MLB"We have five guys who can win every day," Jose Quintana says.
Levine: Cubs Turn To Jon Lester In Hopes Of Evening NLCSWith a career 2.57 ERA in the postseason, Lester is again being counted upon in a pivotal game.
Overjoyed Jon Lester Could Hardly Watch Cubs Close Out Game 5 WinLester "blacked out" as Wade Davis went for a seven-out save to win Game 5.
Levine: Keeping Trea Turner Off Base A Big Focus For Cubs In Game 2"I do expect a lot of aggressiveness out there from them," Cubs manager Joe Maddon says.
Cubs' Kyle Hendricks On Starting Game 1: 'Means A Ton' To Me"He has taken it to another level," Theo Epstein says of Hendricks.
Cubs Rotation: Kyle Hendricks In Game 1, Jon Lester In Game 2, Jose Quintana In Game 3Jake Arrieta will start Game 4, if necessary.