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Lester stumps Royals in 6-0 Boston victory


Kansas City Royals' Brett Hayes makes the catch on a pop foul by Boston Red Sox's David Ross during the fifth inning of a game in Boston on Sunday.

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BOSTON — Jon Lester just wants to put up impressive numbers on the mound. He will worry about the figures on his next contract later.

Red Sox fans showed appreciation for his latest brilliant outing with loud applause as he walked to the dugout after his eighth and final inning Sunday.

"I hope people are more pleased with how I'm pitching and not how I'm handling contract stuff," the All-Star left-hander said after a 6-0 win that gave Boston a three-game sweep over the Kansas City Royals.

Lester, who can become a free agent after the season, allowed no ...

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