The Boston Red Sox (27-31) finish their series against the Cleveland Indians (29-30) tonight. Cleveland has already taken the first two games of the series and have now won 20 games at home this season – most in the AL.
The Red Sox dug themselves in an early hole when Jake Peavy gave up 5 straight hits to start the game and allowed 3 runs before escaping the inning. He settled down after that, allowing Boston to chip away at the lead, until Michael Bourn's 2-run double in the 7th inning drove in the winning runs.
Boston had been swept in three straight series during a 10-game losing streak, but seemed to have righted the ship after sweeping the last two series. Now they are in danger of getting swept by the Indians.
- Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.24 ERA) will be on the mound for the Red Sox. He's appealing the 6-game suspension the league hit him with for throwing near the head of Evan Longoria in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, which allows him to make his scheduled start tonight while he awaits the league's response. It's unlikely his suspension will be overturned, but with an off day tomorrow, the appeal allows the rest of the rotation to remain on their regular schedule.
- Daniel Nava gets a rare start in left field. With a right hander starting for Cleveland it makes sense to start Nava over Gomes, but given how far Nava had fallen out of favor this season, it's a surprise to suddenly see him back in the lineup.
- The 2014 MLB draft begins tomorrow night. Boston holds the 26th overall pick, as well as the 33rd pick, which is compensation for losing Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees. Will the Red Sox look for an outfielder early in the draft? They sure could use some help at the position.
- Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.04 ERA) will start for the Indians. The third year starter is having a career season and has been Cleveland's best starter. He won his last start against the Colorado Rockies, going 7.1 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 12. After an inconsistent start to the season, Kluber went 4-0 over 6 starts in May with a 2.09 ERA.
- Lonnie Chisenhall has been one of the league's hottest hitters lately. He doesn't have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title race yet (he's had 140 at-bats so far), but if he did he'd be leading the league by a comfortable margin with a .364 average. He's come up big for the Indians in this series, going 3 for 7 with 3 RBIs through the first two games.
- Rain is in the forecast in Cleveland tonight, but it should clear in time to play with a delayed start. The latest reports indicate the game could start by 9 PM. Given the way the first two games went, maybe the Sox would like to escape Cleveland without having to face the Indians again. Start doing your rain dance!