|CLEVELAND ( TOMLIN )|
BOSTON ( LESTER )
|965||CLEVELAND||+130||Ov 8.5,+100||+140||Ov 8,-105|
|966||BOSTON||-140||Un 8.5,-120||-150||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-14||-6.4||10-11||3.5||0.240||0.302||4.9||0.257||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||6.4||0.300||0.350||5.0||0.257||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-26||-14.2||16-25||3.6||0.240||0.308||4.3||0.273||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-3||2.6||0.227||0.270||4.9||0.281||0.329|
|6/6/2014||BAUER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||4-6||L||150||8 ov||O||10||9||1||7||2||0|
|6/7/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||8||4||1|
|6/8/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||3-2||W||110||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||6||6||1|
|6/9/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||17-7||W||-110||9.5 un||O||18||3||2||11||6||0|
|6/10/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-9||L||-110||7 un||O||10||7||1||11||6||0|
|6/11/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-4||L||105||7.5 ov||U||8||8||1||11||8||1|
|6/12/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|6/16/2014||BAUER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||TOMLIN(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||MASTERSON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/30/2014||WORKMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-2||W||+130||7.5 ov||U||8||11||1||4||5||1|
|5/31/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||7-1||W||+100||8.5 ev||U||11||7||0||7||5||0|
|6/1/2014||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||4-0||W||-160||8 ov||U||7||10||1||5||8||0|
|6/2/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||2-3||L||-125||8 ov||U||5||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/3/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HOUSE(L)||3-5||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||11||1||11||6||0|
|6/4/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|6/6/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||2-6||L||140||8 ov||P||7||6||0||13||5||1|
|6/7/2014||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||6-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||15||10||0||16||9||0|
|6/8/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-3||W||115||7.5 ev||O||11||10||1||7||4||1|
|6/9/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||0-4||L||-105||8.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/10/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-0||W||110||9 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||1|
|6/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||0-6||L||125||8.5 un||U||4||2||0||9||8||1|
|6/16/2014|| ||MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Cleveland (33-32) at Boston (29-35), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Jon Lester has typified the play of the Boston Red Sox - occasional flashes of brilliance mixed with maddening inconsistency.
The defending champs try to get back on track once more Thursday night when they open a four-game series at Fenway Park against the Cleveland Indians.
A 15-game winner and vital cog in winning the World Series last year, Lester's uneven season continued Sunday at Detroit, where he was tagged for five runs and a career high-tying 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-6 defeat. Lester (6-7, 3.52), who scattered four hits and a walk in seven innings of a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on June 1, has allowed four or more runs five times in his 13 starts.
"For whatever reason, stuff just wasn't there," a confounded Lester told the team's official website. "Didn't have the power, didn't have command, curveball was loopy. I felt like, from the first throw in warmups to the last pitch on the mound, I just wasn't good."
Those inconsistencies have also been evident at Fenway, where he's 2-4. In four of those starts, he's yielded five runs in 27 1-3 innings, but 15 in 11 innings over the other two.
Lester can draw some optimism from pitching well versus Cleveland, going 6-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 lifetime starts. He went 1-0 in two starts against the Indians last year. Nick Swisher, who continued his rehab assignment for a hyperextended left knee Wednesday and could be activated for this game, is 17 for 53 with seven doubles and two homers all-time versus Lester, and Asdrubal Cabrera is 7 for 21.
Boston (29-36) dropped two of three at Baltimore after Wednesday night's 6-0 loss - scoring one run in the series - and completed a 2-7 road trip that opened with a three-game sweep by the Indians in Cleveland. That completely wiped out any momentum the Red Sox had after entering that swing on a seven-game win streak.
"We haven't been swinging the bats good," Dustin Pedroia said. "It seems like when we do hit the ball well it's right at somebody or we get a rally going and we find a way to stop it quick."
Cleveland (33-33) heads to Fenway with its own consistency issues after losing a pair of games at Kansas City, including a 4-1 defeat Wednesday. The Indians, who had won nine of their previous 10, gave up all four runs via sacrifice flies.
Josh Tomlin (4-2, 3.12) is trying to win consecutive starts and build on a solid outing as he continues a successful return from Tommy John surgery. He lasted a season-high eight-plus innings Sunday at Texas, yielding three runs and seven hits in an 8-3 victory.
"Just being healthy and being able to go out there and compete, that's the main thing," Tomlin told the Indians' official website. "Being able to throw offspeed stuff for a strike when I needed to and then being able to bury it too when I need to as well."
Tomlin, who is 1-1 with a 7.17 ERA in three starts and four games lifetime versus Boston, has held David Ortiz hitless in eight at-bats. Dustin Pedroia, however, is 3 for 7 and both Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski have homered off him.
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is seeking his sixth straight multihit game and is 18 for 35 (.514) with four homers and 16 RBIs during his career-high nine-game hitting streak. He is batting .393, which would easily lead the majors, but does not have enough plate appearances to qualify.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:45:26 PM EST|