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Red Sox Spring Training: Jon Lester, J.D. Drew Battling The Flu

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester and right fielder J.D. Drew are both battling the flu, according to manager Terry Francona.

As a result, Lester will reportedly miss his scheduled start against the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. Drew was also scratched prior to Saturday’s split-squad match-up with the Baltimore Orioles.

According to WEEI, Michael Bowden will start in place of Lester on Sunday.

Lester was 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 2010. Drew struggled at the plate, batting .255, while hitting 22 home runs and driving in 68 runs.