Game 51: Indians at Red Sox - Tripping the Tribe

Ben Whitehead
Contributing Writer

A 7-4 comeback win Saturday has the Boston Red Sox in position to take win the four-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Weather has been a factor the past two games with rain dampening the field, but not the Sox’ spirit. Today, the rain should hold off, but it will be windy and chilly, as Felix Doubront takes the hill for Boston (30-20). Doubront is 3-2 with a 5.61 ERA and lost his most recent start, a six-inning outing against the White Sox in which he gave up two runs on five hits.

Here is Boston’s lineup for the Sunday finale (first pitch – 1:35 pm EDT):

1. Ellsbury, CF
2. Nava, RF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Ortiz, DH
5. Napoli, 1B
6. Saltalamacchia, C
7. Carp, LF
8. Drew, SS
9. Iglesias, 3B

Doubront, P

Right-hander Corey Kluber will start for the Indians (27-21). He is 3-3 with a 5.19 ERA and is just 1-3 in the month of May with a 6.75 ERA.

So long, Cleveland
Today’s game will be the last of 2013 between the Sox and Indians, pending a meeting in the postseason. Boston swept a three-game series in Cleveland and has taken two of the three here at Fenway Park, with a chance to go 6-1 against the Indians. The Red Sox have outscored the Indians 37-25 in the first six games this season. Take away the 12-3 loss Thursday and the Sox have outscored the Indians 34-13 in their five wins.

Small, but full of heart
Dustin Pedroia can do just about anything he wants in Boston. Of course, all he wants to do is play baseball. Pedroia has started all 50 games this season and, barring an injury, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight for his streak of games played. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and the go-ahead RBI in Saturday’s win, lifting his season average to .337. He is 5-for-12 in the series (.417) and turned in a web gem during Friday’s game.

Mini-season update
Saturday was the end of another 10-game mini-season, and the Red Sox got back on track after going 3-7 in their previous 10 games. The Sox went 7-3 in their last 10 games and are 30-20 in their first 50 overall, a .600 win percentage, on pace for approximately 97 wins. They are about one-fifth of the way through the season

Here’s a breakdown of the first five mini-seasons:

1) 6-4
2) 7-3
3) 7-3
4) 3-7
5) 7-3)

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