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Game 61: Red Sox at Indians

The Sox still have two games left in Cleveland. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (35-25)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Martinez C
Drew RF
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
Reddick CF

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 2.39).

INDIANS (21-36)
Crowe CF
Choo RF
Kearns LF
Branyan 1B
Peralta 3B
Hafner DH
Valbuena 2B
Hernandez SS
Marson C

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (1-5, 5.46).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Sox have won four of five and eight of their last 10. They are 10 games over .500 for the first time this season. Their run differential is now +44, the seventh-best in baseball.

Cleveland rocks. Just not against the Sox: The Red Sox have won seven straight against the Indians, outscoring them 52-21 in the process. Boston is 9-2 in its last 11 games against Cleveland and has won 15 of the last 18.

It would seem he’s not going to the bullpen: Check out these statistics for Clay Buchholz in his last five starts:

36.1 innings
23 hits
4 runs
4 earned runs
12 walks
24 strikeouts

He’s 5-0, 0.99 in that stretch with opponents hitting .189 against him. Buchholz is one of nine pitchers in baseball with eight wins. The leader with 11 is Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado.

Buchholz has faced the Indians once in his career, last October 4 at Fenway. he allowed six runs on five hits over three innings and struck out six.

Wanted for robbery in Cleveland: Theo Epstein better not show up here or he’ll get arrested. Justin Masterson is 2-12 with a 5.01 ERA since he was traded to Cleveland with two other players for Victor Martinez. Nick Hagadone was recently promoted to Double-A and Bryan Price has a 4.70 ERA in A ball this season.

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Masterson has looked better in his last two starts, allowing four runs over 12.1 innings.

Milestone magic: Tim Wakefield had his last night. Now David Ortiz is two hits shy of 1,500 in his career.

On the IPod right now: Our House by Madness. Sadly, I once downloaded the MTV Class Of 1983 album. Yes, I’m old.

Back with much more later and make sure to check out the NESN pregame show sponsored by the Globe.

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