American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 10th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (55-58) at Cleveland Indians (52-60), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48)
Cleveland - Chris Seddon (0-0, 7.71)
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians eye a third straight win tonight when
they continue a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field.
On the heels of an 11-game losing streak, the Indians have won their last two
following a win in Thursday's series opener, as Michael Brantley capped a
three-run fifth inning with a sacrifice fly, helping the Indians to a 5-3 win.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana added an RBI apiece in the fifth for the
Indians, while Jason Donald hit a homer and knocked in two runs.
"Coming up here," said Donald, who was promoted from Triple-A before the game,
"I just want to be as aggressive as I possibly can."
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11), who had lost his previous four decisions, gave up three
runs on eight hits over six-plus innings to pick up the win. He struck out 10
and walked one.
"Great job by Ubaldo," manager Manny Acta said. "That's the most aggressive
I've seen him here with his fastball and probably the best command of his
fastball that he has shown so far. He was just dotting it to both sides of the
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who were coming off a 4-6
homestand. Dustin Pedroia had an RBI.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (10-6) allowed four runs on seven hits over 4
Getting the call for the Tribe tonight will be Chris Seddon, who will be
making his second start of the season. Seddon did not get a decision in his
start on Sunday in Detroit, but allowed four runs in 4 1/3 frames of a 10-8
"I wish I could've kept us in it a little better," said Seddon. "I was a
little up in the zone, but that's something I can improve on next time."
He is 1-0 in three games against the Red Sox, but this will be his first-ever
start against them.
Boston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Clay Buchholz, who is 9-3 with a
4.48 ERA. Buchholz was terrific against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, as he
gave up just an unearned run in seven innings. However, he did not factor in
the decision of his team's 6-4 loss.
Over his last four starts, the 27-year-old has a 1.20 ERA, but only one win to
show for it.
Buchholz beat the Indians the last time he faced them and is 1-1 lifetime
against them with a 5.32 ERA in four starts.
Boston took three of four from the Tribe earlier in the year and has beaten
them in five of the last eight meetings.
08/10 10:33:35 ET