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Indians vs. Red Sox game thread (Monday): Justin Masterson vs. John Lackey

Welcome back, Grady. I guess.

Remember the good times.
Remember the good times.
Jared Wickerham

Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians

Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:05 PM ET, Progressive Field

TV: STO (CLE), NESN (BOS)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), WEEI, SBP (BOS)

Series Preview

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Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX CLEVELAND INDIANS
Brock Holt - 1B Michael Bourn - CF
Xander Bogaerts - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Michael Brantley - LF
David Ortiz - DH Jason Kipnis - 2B
A.J. Pierzynski - C Lonnie Chisenhall - 1B
Jonny Gomes - LF Jason Giambi - DH
Grady Sizemore - RF Yan Gomes - C
Stephen Drew - SS David Murphy - RF
Jackie Bradley - CF Mike Aviles - 3B
John Lackey - RHP Justin Masterson - RHP

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Grady Sizemore will play his first ever game in Cleveland tonight as a member of a team other than the Indians. As one of the most dynamic players in baseball, he was one of my favorites and I hope he gets a rowdy ovation from the crowd. The reality here, however, is that Grady is a shell of his former self, performing even worse than in his final year with the Tribe. He still appears to have some speed but the power is vacant and his strikeouts are piling up at a rate even huge for him. And his defense rates at the lowest of his career. Probably not being helped by the fact that his always weak arm is making its 9th start in RF tonight. One can only assume that Jonny Gomes has lost both of his arms and thus must play LF. I wish Jonny a speedy limb-regeneration process.

Justin Masterson tries to bounce back after several poor starts in the month of May. His last quality start came back on May 8th and he's been dreadful ever since. If the Indians want to keep closing the gap with the rest of the division, Justin is going to have to step up.

AL Central Week In Review

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Today's other AL Central games

Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Brewers (Matt Garza), 7:20 PM ET

Royals (Danny Duffy) @ St. Louis (Shelby Miller), 8:10 PM ET

White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:10 PM ET

Tigers (OFF)

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Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (TBD) vs. Louisville, 7:05 PM ET

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (OFF)

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Cole Sulser) @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 PM ET

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Luis Lugo) @ Great Lakes, 7:05 PM ET

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