American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 13th
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (18-15) at Boston Red Sox (14-19), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (1-2, 4.89)
Boston - Daniel Bard (2-4, 4.83)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox will try their best to send the
Cleveland Indians packing with a bitter taste in their mouth as both clubs
take the field in the finale of their four-game series.
Felix Doubront (3-1) went six innings and gave up just one run on three hits
with two walks to lead Boston to its second win in a row over the Indians on
Saturday. The Red Sox bullpen was perfect for the final three innings of the
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Cody Ross hit a solo
home run, and Mike Aviles drove in a run and scored a run in Boston's 4-1
"It was a really nice game," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "Everyone
did their job. I could tell you that Cody Ross' [sixth-inning solo] home run
was a little breathing room. That I think was really good."
The Red Sox are still 3-7 in their last 10 games and have a lot of work to do
to move their way out of last place in the AL East.
Daniel Bard (2-4) will take the mound today for the Red Sox and hopes to pick
up where his teammates left off on Saturday. The right-hander has lost each
of his last two starts, the latter of which occurred Tuesday when he gave up
six hits, five earned runs, and walked four versus Kansas City. Both of Bard's
victories this season have been on the road.
Pedroia has been sensational during the series so far, batting 5-for-8 with
two doubles and four RBI while extending his hitting streak to an MLB-best 13
games along the way.
Despite losing back-to-back games to the Red Sox, Cleveland sits at the top of
the AL Central standings and has an impressive 10-5 record on the road.
Detroit is only two games off the pace.
The Indians will send former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson to the mound
today as they try to avoid a three-game losing streak. In his last start,
Masterson gave up two runs while allowing six hits and five walks over six
innings versus the Chicago White Sox.
Masterson is 3-0 as a visiting pitcher in Fenway Park since being traded to
Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 5-for-13 at the plate with a home
run, RBI, and three runs scored in the first two games of the series. Kipnis
was one of just three Indians to get a hit on Saturday.
The Indians roster is predicted to struggle against left-handed pitching due
to its make-up. This was highly evident as Cleveland battled to touch
Doubront on Saturday.
"That's a chance we're taking," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We're going
to see more righties than lefties, and not every time out are you going to
face a lefty that's going to be able to dominate [us]. We've seen that so far
this year. But there are going to be times when those guys are going to go out
there and are going to neutralize these guys."
Cleveland was 6-4 last season versus the Red Sox.
05/13 10:51:43 ET