#Cubs Lester HRs, 10 Ks

Jon Lester tuned up for the regular season by striking out 10 over five innings and hitting his first Spring Training home run.

Lester, who will start the Cubs’ second regular season spring game next Tuesday, launched an opposite field two-run home run with one on in the fourth off a 3-1 pitch from the Rockies’ Scott Oberg. As Lester walked back to the dugout, Anthony Rizzo greeted him by pointing up to the sky with both hands — something a lot of home run hitters do as they cross the plate — and Lester did so.

Lester has never hit a home run in five previous Spring Training at-bats in his career — although, to be fair, he has spent all of his career in the American League until last season, his first with the Cubs. He has four hits in 98 career at-bats in the regular season.

Something else Cubs fans may not see again: Lester and Kyle Schwarber going back to back. Schwarber followed Lester’s blast with his second spring homer, and the Cubs finished with seven runs in the fourth.

Last July 6, Lester ended a streak of 67 career at-bats without a hit when he singled off his buddy, John Lackey, who was pitching for the Cardinals. Now, Lackey and Lester are teammates on the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

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