BOSTON — Jon Lester just wants to be treated as a normal pitcher.
That was tough when he had cancer. It became harder when he won the deciding game of the World Series. Then, Monday, the Boston Red Sox left-hander pitched the only no-hitter in the majors so far this season. But he could have been known as the pitcher who was traded for Johan Santana.
"I'm real happy I'm here," Lester said Tuesday after a restless night and plenty of text messages. "I'm glad it didn't happen. But if it did happen, you're part of a trade for the best pitcher in baseball. It's not a bad thing to be in."
Lester's next start will come against the Oakland A's, and that's the game he's focusing on.
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"In six days, I want to be treated like anybody else," Lester said. "I just want to go out there and pitch and, hopefully, pitch well against the A's and move on and pitch against the next opponent."
SHORT HOPS — Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, a former Modesto Nut, took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since tearing a quadriceps muscle April 29. ... The Astros removed a yellow board on an outfield wall Tuesday that contributed to a botched home run call the night before. Geovany Soto got an inside-the-park three-run homer in the fourth inning despite replays showing that it should have been an automatic home run. The ball bounced just to the right of the yellow line on the wall in left-center field. ... Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Padres on Tuesday with a strained and swollen right elbow. ... Diamondbacks lefty Doug Davis (thyroid cancer surgery) will return to the rotation Friday, manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. ... Pedro Martinez (hamstring) will rejoin the Mets for a bullpen session today. He's not sure if he'll pitch beyond 2008, recently telling the Daily News he might retire to be with his ailing father.