American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 11th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Indians (18-13) at Boston Red Sox (12-19), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 4.04)
Boston - Clay Buchholz (3-1, 9.09)
(Sports Network) - Boston hopes Clay Buchholz can give a better effort tonight
than his golfing buddy did on Thursday, as the Red Sox continue a four-game
series against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox lost for the sixth straight time at home last night, as Michael
Brantley went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored, helping
Cleveland to an 8-3 win.
Jack Hannahan hit a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis added a solo home run for
the Indians, who had dropped their previous two after winning three straight.
Derek Lowe (5-1) gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings to win his
third straight decision.
Dustin Pedroia hit a solo home run while Daniel Nava and Mike Aviles each
drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have lost three straight and eight of
their last nine overall.
Another loss tonight, though, would give the Red Sox their worst stretch at
home since a 12-game skid from June 3-29, 1994
Josh Beckett (2-4), who was under heat for playing golf with Buchholz last
week after missing a start with soreness in his right side, didn't make it out
of the third inning as he was tagged for seven runs on seven hits for his
second straight loss.
"Of course we would like them to pitch deep. They're all really talented and
really good," said Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach. "Got to get over that hump
-- we've got to get rolling a little bit. Those guys need to feed off of one
another and continue to work hard. We've seen it before. There's still a long
way to go."
Buchholz will try to right the ship tonight, as he attempts to get his own
season on the right path. Buchholz owns the majors' worst ERA at 9.09, and has
allowed at least five earned runs in every start this season. Only one pitcher
in the AL, Los Angeles' Ervin Santana, has allowed more home runs, 12, than
Buchholz's 10. Despite all that, he is 3-1.
"It's been a rough six weeks to start the season off," Buchholz said. "There's
been times where, in an outing, you're thinking about, 'OK, this is going to
be the outing that changes everything?' and a big inning happens and it brings
you back to square one. That's what we've been doing, working on trying to
figure out a way to minimize the damage in those big innings."
Cleveland, meanwhile, will rely on righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who is coming off a
solid effort his last time out. Jimenez beat the Texas Rangers on Sunday,
scattering two hits over seven scoreless innings to run his record to 3-2,
while lowering his ERA to 4.04. He did, though, continue to struggle with his
command, as he walked five batters and has issued an AL-high 25 free passes in
35 2/3 innings this season.
Cleveland was 6-4 last season versus the Red Sox.
05/11 10:34:07 ET