WHERE — Fenway Park.
WHEN — Tonight through Saturday, 7:10; Sunday, 1:35.
PROBABLE PITCHERS — Tonight, RHP Derek Lowe (4-1, 2.39) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (2-3, 4.45); Friday, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 4.04) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (3-1, 9.09); Saturday, RHP Josh Tomlin (2-2, 4.67) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (2-1, 5.29); Sunday, RHP Justin Masterson (1-2, 4.89) vs. RHP Daniel Bard (2-4, 4.83).
NOTABLE — The Indians went 2-2 at Fenway last year —just like they did in 2010 — and won the overall season series 6-4. ... The Indians are a major-league-best 9-3 on the road this season, while Boston is just 4-10 at home. ... Lowe faces his former team for just the second time since leaving Boston after the 2004 season. As an Atlanta Brave on June 20, 2009, he allowed three runs on seven hits in 61⁄3 innings to take the loss at Fenway. He is 42-24 with 39 saves and a 3.13 ERA in 194 career appearances (53 starts) at Fenway. ... Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo are both career .333 hitters in Boston. Cabrera has two doubles, two home runs, a triple and eight RBI in 11 games there, while Choo has three HR, a double and 14 RBI in 13 games. ... Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-26 (.154) with 11 strikeouts in his career against Jimenez, although two of the hits are home runs. ... In two career starts in Boston, Tomlin is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA. ... Masterson enjoys pitching against Boston, which picked him in the second round of the 2006 draft before trading him to Cleveland in 2009. He is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox. ... Former Red Sox OF Johnny Damon is a career .307 hitter at Fenway. ... Travis Hafner is batting .371 on the road this season, while Jason Kipnis is at .370. ... Kipnis went 6-for-16 (.375) with three HRs and a double in four games in Boston last year, Aug. 1-4. ... Hafner is 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI off Beckett. ... Bard makes his first career start against the Indians. In 11 relief appearances vs. the Tribe, Bard is 0-4 with an 8.64 ERA.
UP NEXT — Indians at Twins, Monday and Tuesday.
— Josh Weir
WHERE — Fenway Park.
Give him an Oscar!
For the first three years of his football career with the Grand Valley Mustangs, offensive lineman Alex Oscar said he viewed playing football as more of a job than a fun sport to play.
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Third of a series...
Two weeks ago today, one of the first man born in the city of Ashtabula to play in a Major League Baseball game celebrated his 137th birthday.
Then again, odds are, he wasn’t around to blow out the candles at such an age, but no one is sure.
For while we know James Joseph Burns was born on June 2, 1876 in Ashtabula, there is no record of his death.
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