Game 116: Red Sox at Indians

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.

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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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