Greetings from Cleveland. Where your friendly neighborhood beat writer is regretting not having packed a winter jacket. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (0-3)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (6-6, 5.78 last season)
A. Cabrera SS
O. Cabrera 2B
Pitching: RHP Josh Tomlin (6-4, 4.56)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI 850 AM
Notes: The Sox were 4-4 against the Indians last season but are 21-9 against them the last four seasons, 9-4 at Progressive Field. ... Beckett is 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA in seven career starts against Cleveland. ... Beckett faced the Indians once in 2010, on Aug. 3 at Fenway Park. He went eight innings and allowed one run on three hits. He retired the final 14 batters he faced. ... Tomlin faced the Red Sox last Aug. 5 at Fenway and allowed four runs over seven innings.
Song of the day: "The Fourth Man In The Fire" by Johnny Cash.