Cleveland - 001 030 302 - 9 13 0Boston had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth and could not score, as Nick Green struck out and J.D. Drew grounded to second.
Red Sox - 020 000 000 - 2 8 0
Cleveland promptly took a 4-2 lead in the next half-inning. The Red Sox had only one man on base -- David Ortiz's opposite field single -- over the next four innings (5th thru 8th) as the Spiders pulled away.
Carl Pavano (7.46, 65 ERA+) / Justin Masterson (4.37, 116 ERA+)
Although Pavano has allowed 34 hits in 25.1 innings (five starts), he was dealing against the Tigers last Friday. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits, before surrendering a couple of runs in the eighth. (SoSH series preview)
Meaningless, but fun: Pavano has a 24.75 ERA in Fenway (four innings in two starts, in 1998 and 2003) and Red Sox hitters are 14-for-27 against him (.519/.536/.963).
Jacoby Ellsbury, on his right hamstring, which forced him to leave last night's game in the fourth inning:
When I stole the base [in the first inning] it got really tight, it was so tight it got kind of a little tremble ... iced it up, got some treatment, feel as best as I can considering what happened. ... I'll come in early [on Wednesday], get some treatment on it, we'll see ... I think things are pretty good.Kevin Youkilis is unsure if the tightness in his left side will prevent him from playing tonight.
Terry Francona, on the cold and rain in New York:
I think Jason Bay was the only guy who thought it was a nice night out there.Bay:
This is a nice summer day sometimes where I come from [British Columbia]. ... I'd rather take this than 95 degree days.In 13 "late and close" plate appearances -- after the seventh inning with the game tied, a one-run game or with the tying run at least on-deck -- Bay is hitting .615 with five home runs and 10 RBI.
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 47 pitches for Pawtucket last night, going 2.2 scoreless innings and allowing two hits, two walks and a HBP. He struck out five.
I think I'm ready to pitch in a [major-league] game. I wouldn't go so far to say I don't need any [more rehab starts], but I feel physically ready.Dice will pitch on Sunday for the PawSox in Columbus.
Josh Beckett allowed 10 hits for the third consecutive start. As far as the talk that Beckett has become "curveball happy", the Bleacher Report says that's a lie.