Red Sox welcome Francona home with 12-3 loss to Cleveland

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Usually, visiting managers don't come into Fenway Park with a whole lot of fanfare. Tonight, though, was hardly usual. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona brought his Cleveland Indians into Fenway Park for the start of a 4-game Memorial Weekend series.

The Red Sox could not have been a more gracious host. First, there was a terrific video tribute put together by the outstanding Red Sox Productions people. Then, came the 12-3 blowout smackdown Tito's Tribesman laid down on the Olde Towne Team.

Ryan Dempster (pictured during his pre-game warm-up) started for the Red Sox; he may have left his best stuff in the bullpen. Dempster allowed 5 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 3 innings.

The Indians had a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 3rd inning. David Ortiz cut that to 4-3 with his 8th home run of the season into the Cleveland bullpen in right field.

Will Middlebrooks left the game in the top of the 5th inning with what was said to be back spasms. Cleveland blew the game open with 6 runs in the top of the 6th inning.

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