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Game 116: Red Sox at Indians

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 12, 2012 09:30 AM

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Good morning. Here's a preview of the game:

RED SOX (56-59)
Ellsbury CF
Crawfotd LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia DH
Aviles SS
Valencia 3B
Shoppach C
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36)

INDIANS (53-61)
Donald 2B
Cabrera DH
Choo RF
Santana 1B
Duncan LF
Lillibridge SS
Marson C
Hannahan 3B
Carrera CF
Pitching: RHP Corey Kluber (2-2, 6.10)

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Kluber: No history.

Indians vs. Lester: Cabrera 2-13, Choo 1-11, Hannahan 6-14, Kotchman 2-12, Duncan 4-11, Marson 3-9, Donald 3-6, Brantley 1-5, Lillibridge 0-4, Santana 0-2, Carrera 0-1.

Stat of the Day: Lester was 75-31 (.708) with a 3.47 ERA in the first 149 games of his career in the majors. He is 6-13 (.316) with a 5.37 ERA in the 29 games since.

Notes: The Red Sox are seeking a split of the series. The have lost four of their last five games and eight of the last 11. They start the day a season-worst 12 games out of first place and six games out in the wild card. ... Lester has not won a game since June 27 against Toronto. But he is 4-1, 3.53 in 10 career starts against Cleveland. In two starts last season, he threw 13 scoreless innings and allowed only six hits while walking four and striking out 16. The Sox are 8-15 in games Lester has started this season. ... Kluber will be making his sixth MLB appearance and third start. The 26-year-old was 11-7, 3.59 in 21 starts for Triple A Columbus before being promoted earlier this month. He faced Pawtucket on April 29 so presumably the Sox will have some sort of decent scouting report. ... Red Sox DHs have gone 95 at-bats without a home run since David Ortiz went on the disabled list. ... The Sox are 73-87 in the last calendar year.

Song of the Day: "Southern Man" by Neil Young.

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