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Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Jon Lester Will Start Opening Day, Josh Beckett Will Open At Home

Bobby Valentine finally announced how the front end of his rotation will be setup on Monday morning.

Jon Lester will get the Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, April 5th in Comerica Park, according to Jenny Dell of NESN.

After the Red Sox return from their six game road trip to start the season, Josh Beckett will take the Fenway Park mound against the Tampa Bay Rays, also according to Dell.

It's an interesting shift by Valentine showing that Lester is the ace of the staff in his mind. While most fans would agree with that assessment, it's not always the popular move to bump a veteran with clout down a bit in stature.

However, after the disaster of last year maybe it's a prudent move by Bobby V to shake things up a bit and show the youngster he expects more from him.

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