Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 4/27

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 15:  Tim Wakefield #49 (R) of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with catcher George Kottaras #16 after defeating the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland Coliseum April 15, 2009 in Oakland, California. All Major League Baseball players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson day.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

After pulling off a perfect homestand at 9-0 with sweeps of the Baltimore Orioles (4 games), Minnesota Twins (2 games) and the New York Yankees (3 games), the Boston Red Sox put their 10-game winning streak on the line against the Cleveland Indians.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 PM on NESN and on STO in the Cleveland area. You can also catch the game on the radio on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

Tim Wakefield will look to keep the good knuckleball going tonight as he has in his past two starts. Wakefield on the season is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA. In 25 games (20 starts) against the Indians, Wake is 10-8 with a 4.50 ERA. In 12 appearances (11 starts) on the road against the Indians, he is 5-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

After winning the Cy Young award in 2008, Cliff Lee is off to a miserable start for the Indians. He is 1-3 with a 5.25 ERA on the season. Lee has made 8 career starts against the Red Sox and is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA.

As was expected, the Red Sox sent down Michael Bowden to make room for Julio Lugo on the 25-man roster. Fortunately for us, Lugo isn’t in the starting lineup tonight.

In some other Pawtucket-related news, the Red Sox announced they have re-signed Devern Hansack to a minor league contract. He’ll head to extended spring training to rehab a shoulder injury he suffered in a start with the PawSox back on April 13th.

Before we get to the links and lineups, I don’t about you but I just can’t get enough of watching Jacoby Ellsbury steal home plate last night against the Yankees.

Mike Lowell named AL Player of the Week [SOX & Dawgs]

Guess What? Tim Wakefield Is Reaching Legendary Status [WEEI.com]

Checking in from Cleveland [Extra Bases]

Ellsbury tries to move on [Extra Bases]

Easy does it with Lugo [Extra Bases]

Red Sox hope road is as kind as home [RedSox.com]

Bingo! [Center Field]

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Boston Red Sox12-6

Cleveland Indians7-12

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Grady Sizemore CF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
3. David Ortiz DH 3. Victor Martinez 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis 1B 4. Shin-Soo Choo RF
5. Jason Bay LF 5. Ryan Garko DH
6. Mike Lowell 3B 6. Jhonny Peralta SS
7. Jeff Bailey RF 7. Mark DeRosa 3B
8. George Kottaras C 8. Kelly Shoppach C
9. Nick Green SS 9. Trevor Crowe LF
Tim Wakefield SP Cliff Lee SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against tonight’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians batter/pitcher matchups

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