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Indians-Red Sox Preview

Oct 3, 2009 - 5:02 AM By MIKE LIPKA STATS Writer

Cleveland (65-94) at Boston (92-67), 7:10 p.m. EDT

A visit from the Cleveland Indians has helped the Boston Red Sox round their playoff rotation into form, but the most important pitcher for the Red Sox may be the one with the biggest lingering concerns.

Josh Beckett will try to put worries about his injured back to rest in his final tuneup for the postseason Saturday night as he looks to hold down a Cleveland lineup that has been punchless lately.

Beckett was the key to Boston's World Series run in 2007, going 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in four postseason starts as the Red Sox won their second title in four years.

Manager Terry Francona would much rather have that pitcher than the banged-up Beckett who had an 8.79 ERA in three playoff outings last October, but it's unclear how healthy the right-hander is after getting scratched from Monday's start due to back spasms.

Beckett (16-6, 3.78 ERA) has received cortisone shots this week, but he pronounced himself ready to test out his back on Saturday before a likely Game 2 start in the division series next week against the Los Angeles Angels.

"We did the things that we needed to do and I feel a lot better (Tuesday) than I did (Monday)," Beckett said.

Facing the Indians for the first time this year probably won't hurt. Since the start of 2007 - including two victories in that year's AL championship series - Beckett is 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA against Cleveland.

Eric Wedge's club hasn't shown many signs of life in the manager's final days with the Indians, who've scored a total of two runs in the last three games as the lame-duck skipper finishes the year following his Wednesday firing.

Cleveland (65-95) is currently tied with Kansas City as each team tries to avoid a finish in the AL Central cellar.

Jon Lester - Boston's likely Game 1 starter in the postseason - pitched 6 1-3 dominating innings in a 3-0 win in Thursday's series opener to rebound from a quadriceps injury, and Daisuke Matsuzaka solidified his spot in the Red Sox's playoff rotation with six strong innings in Friday's 6-2 victory.

"It's a different atmosphere" after the team locked up the AL wild card earlier this week, third baseman Mike Lowell said. "But I still think there are a lot of things guys can work on."

For the Indians, left-hander Aaron Laffey (7-8, 3.91) will try to finish his season on a strong note after going 0-5 in September. Three of his five outings last month were quality starts, but the Indians managed a total of four runs while Laffey was in the five games.

This will be Laffey's first start against Boston, but Red Sox newcomer Casey Kotchman is already 5 for 5 against him.

Boston (93-67) will be without shortstop Alex Gonzalez for this game after he was hit in the hand by a Kerry Wood pitch on Friday. His status for the playoffs is now in question after X-rays showed a line on his hand, and he'll have more tests this weekend.

"I can move it," Gonzalez said. "I don't feel any pain."

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez is 4 for 8 in this series, his first against Cleveland after the Indians traded him to Boston on July 31.






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  • Red Sox 11, Indians 6 - FINAL
    CLEVELAND ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    M Brantley cf 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .306
    A Cabrera ss 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 .308
    S Choo rf 4 1 2 3 1 0 0 .300
    T Hafner dh 4 0 1 2 0 1 2 .272
    J Peralta 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .254
    M LaPorta lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .257
    L Valb

    Oct 3 10:01 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DUSTY BROWN (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF MIKE GOSLING.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6, BOSTON 11
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.305, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Indians 6, Red Sox 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsOct 3 9:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SHIN-SOO CHOO (20) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF PAUL BYRD SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6, BOSTON 10
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.273, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Indians 6, Red Sox 10  Top 7, 0 OutsOct 3 9:27 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRIAN ANDERSON (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JENSEN LEWIS SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, BOSTON 10
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J GATHRIGHT (.364, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 10  Bot 3, 0 OutsOct 3 8:28 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY VICTOR MARTINEZ (23) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF AARON LAFFEY SCORED JASON BAY, DUSTIN
    PEDROIA AND BRIAN ANDERSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, BOSTON 8
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.305, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsOct 3 8:09 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BAY SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J BAY ON FIRST, D PEDROIA ON SECOND, B
    ANDERSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: V MARTINEZ (.303, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsOct 3 8:06 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BALK BY JOEY GATHRIGHT SCORED JED LOWRIE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ANDERSON ON SECOND, C KOTCHMAN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    BOSTON 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J GATHRIGHT (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsOct 3 8:05 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN ANDERSON SCORED DAVID ORTIZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ANDERSON ON FIRST, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, J
    LOWRIE ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    BOSTON 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J GATHRIGHT (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsOct 3 8:05 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY TRAVIS HAFNER SCORED MICHAEL BRANTLEY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T HAFNER ON FIRST, A CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    BOSTON 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.256, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 4, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsOct 3 7:48 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL BRANTLEY SCORED LOU MARSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BRANTLEY ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    BOSTON 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.308, 1-FOR-1)

    Indians 3, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsOct 3 7:41 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DUSTIN PEDROIA (14) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF AARON LAFFEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, BOSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J BAY (.268, 36 HR, 117 RBI)

    Indians 2, Red Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsOct 3 7:28 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 2 2 3 0
    BOSTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - AARON LAFFEY
    BOS - JOSH BECKETT

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.295, 13 HR, 69 RBI)
    J BAY (.268, 36 HR, 117 RBI)
    V MARTINEZ (.303, 22 HR, 104 RBI)

    Indians 2, Red Sox 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsOct 3 7:23 PM
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