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April 6, 2012

Sports in a minute: Seven ex-PawSox announcers in the bigs

Former PawSox announcers making it big

Some former Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcers have had very successful careers in the major leagues, NFL and NBA.

Andy Freed, the voice of the PawSox from 2001-2004, has been the Tampa Bay Rays radio announcer since 2005.

Boston Red Sox play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo was the Pawtucket's radio announcer from 1997-2000.

Dan Hoard, the PawSox radio guy from 2006-2011, is the Cincinnati Bengals radio announcer.

Dave Jageler is in his seventh season with the Washington Nationals as their radio play-by-play guy. He spent 2005 as the radio and television voice of Pawtucket.

Dave Flemming is in his seventh year of broadcasting for the San Francisco Giants. He worked as Boston's Triple-A radio guy from 2001-2003.

Gary Cohen is the television play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets. He was a radio announcer in Pawtucket during 1987 and 1988.

Matt Pinto, Pawtucket's radio announcer in 1985 and 1986, is the radio voice of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Best debut of Lester's career

Boston ace Jon Lester allowed one run on six hits and three walks and struck out four over 7 innings in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Tigers yesterday on Opening Day.

It certainly was the best season debut of Lester's career. He has gotten hit hard in four previous season debuts.

On Opening Day 2011, Lester allowed five earned runs on six hits, including three homers, and one walk in 5 1/3 innings, losing 9-5 at Texas.

Lester allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 innings against the Yankees in a 6-4 loss in his first outing of 2010.

In his first start of 2009, Lester allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in a 7-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

Lester gave up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in 4 innings pitches during a 5-1 loss to Oakland in his 2008 debut.

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