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Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester pumps
his arms after throwing a no-hitter
against the Kansas City Royals (AP).

Cancer Survivor Jon Lester Pitches No-Hitter

May 20, 2008 12:34 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw the first no-hitter of 2008, and the 257th in history. Lester survived a bout with lymphoma in 2006.

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After surviving a cancer scare in 2006, Boston Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester became the 18th pitcher in the franchise's history to pitch a no-hitter.

The 24-year-old blanked the Kansas City Royals for the first no-hitter since Clay Bucholz, also a Red Sox pitcher, threw one last September.

"I've been through a lot the last couple of years," Lester told the Associated Press. "It was just a special moment right there."

When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the fall of 2006, Lester was forced to sit the remainder of the season. However, after enduring chemotherapy sessions and rehabilitation, he was able to return to the team and earned the final victory in Boston's 2007 World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

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