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Boston Red Sox Vs Cleveland Indians Sunday Preview

June 15th, 2014 at 12:35 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (31-37) finish their series against the Cleveland Indians (34-35) on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland will look to even the series after rallying to win on Saturday.

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The Sox got a strong start from Jake Peavy, but couldn't hold off the Tribe in the 7th inning. A.J. Pierzynski dropped the ball on a play at the plate, allowing the tying run to score and Junichi Tazawa walked in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded later that inning. While the bats had broken out for Boston since returning home for this series, they fell back asleep with Peavy on the mound. The Red Sox score 3.43 runs per game during Peavy's starts, which is the 4th worst run support in the AL.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Go outside and have a catch with your boy, then sit back and watch the Sox this afternoon!

Scouting Report

  • Brandon Workman (1-0, 2.86 ERA) will be on the mound for Boston. He shut out Baltimore over 6.2 innings in his last start, which is the deepest he's gone in a game this season. The hearing for the appeal of Workman's suspension was held on Friday, but the ruling won't be officially handed down until early next week. Workman was suspended for throwing behind Evan Longoria in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 30th.
  • Stephen Drew is back in the lineup today at SS after missing the last 6 games with a sore oblique. He went through hitting, running and fielding drills yesterday afternoon to prove he was ready to get back on the field after some initial concern that a DL stint would be necessary. Not to worry though, as Drew is back in the lineup. Unless what you were worried about is that Drew's bat will be in the lineup. He's 1 for 14 at the plate in 4 games this season.
  • Xander Bogaerts is out of today's lineup with flu-like symptoms. Get the kid plenty of fluids and rest so he can get back out there soon!
  • Dustin Pedroia welcomed a new son into his family earlier this week. Since it's his third son, maybe he'll celebrate Father's Day with three hits!
  • Corey Kluber (6-4, 3.35 ERA) gets the start for Cleveland. He's been the Indians' best starter this season, but the Red Sox managed to get to him for 4 runs the last time they faced in Cleveland. Kluber followed that up with another clunker in his last appearance in Kansas City, giving up 6 runs (3 Earned) in only 5 innings. He's currently 4th in the AL in strikeouts with 104, which gives him an outside chance to temporarily take over the league lead with a strong performance today. Felix Hernandez leads the league with 112. David Price is right behind him with 111 and also starts today.
  • Carlos Santana got off to a rough start this season, with a batting average sitting at a cringe worthy .180, but lately he's showing signs of turning things around. He's hitting .300/.432/.533 in June. After striking out 23 times in both April and May, he's on pace for only about half of that so far this month. 
Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Workman, Cleveland Indians, MLB, Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts

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