Afternoon Red Sox Torture – 5/11

Ubaldo Jimenez (L), Clay Buchholz (R)

After falling last night 8-3, the Boston Red Sox look to get back on track in the second game of a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians at Historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Indians television market, you can catch the game on SportsTime Ohio (STO). If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Clay Buchholz looks to right his ship along with the one the Red Sox are on in his seventh start of 2012. In his previous six starts, Buchholz is 3-1 with a 9.09 ERA. He took a no decision in his only start of 2011 against the Tribe when he allowed two runs in 7.1 innings of work. He’s made three career starts against the Indians and is 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA (11 ER/17.1 IP).

Ubaldo Jimenez is also making his seventh start of 2012 for the Tribe. In his previous six starts, Jimenez is 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA. His only career start against the local nine came in 2010 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. In that start, he picked up a no decision after allowing six runs in 5.2 innings of work. He has never pitched at the Fens.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Cleveland Indians18-13 Boston Red Sox12-19
1. Johnny Damon LF 1. Ryan Sweeney CF
2. Jason Kipnis 2B 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Travis Hafner DH 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Carlos Santana C 5. Will Middlebrooks 3B
6. Shin-Soo Choo RF 6. Daniel Nava LF
7. Michael Brantley CF 7. Cody Ross RF
8. Casey Kotchman 1B 8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
9. Jack Hannahan 3B 9. Nick Punto SS
Ubaldo Jimenez SP Clay Buchholz SP

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

Cleveland Indians @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups


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Red Sox Need To Cut Josh Beckett ASAP [Boston Barstool Sports]

Sox’ Ortiz unhurt in pre-game car accident [Boston Herald]

Clay Buchholz: Limiting big innings is the key to his turnaround [Clubhouse Insider]

Golfgate revisited: Perception was the problem for Josh Beckett [Clubhouse Insider]

Ortiz uninjured in car accident [CSN New England]

Schilling on Beckett: ‘I guess I’m speechless’ [CSN New England]

Dear Bag Guy [CSN New England]

Beckett can’t get away [CSN New England]

Valentine on Buchholz: ‘We need him’ [CSN New England]

Ortiz understands anger, urges patience [CSN New England]

Valentine: Beckett a “professional” [CSN New England]

Red Sox pregame notes: Is Josh Beckett tipping pitches? [CSN New England]

W2W4: Breaking down Buchholz [ESPN Boston]

Schill: ‘Can’t comprehend’ Beckett reaction [ESPN Boston]

Bobby V: Can’t control players’ free time [ESPN Boston]

Youk plays catch; Dice-K’s return nears [ESPN Boston]

Same equation: Bullpen excellent, starters awful [ESPN Boston]

Last chance for Clay Buchholz? [Extra Bases]

The problem with Beckett isn’t Beckett [Extra Bases]

Video: Nick Cafardo on Josh Beckett [Extra Bases]

David Ortiz unhurt in minor traffic incident [Extra Bases]

Game 32: Red Sox pregame notes [Extra Bases]

A Different Take on Beckett [FenwayMae]

Red Sox no longer easy to root for []

Josh Beckett: ‘I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem’ [Full Count]

The Texas Con Man, Part II [Tony Massarotti – Boston Globe]

Where Will the Red Sox Finish This Season in the AL East Standings? []

Josh Beckett Can’t Dwell on Rough Performance, As He Remains Too Important to Red Sox’ Efforts []

Red Sox Mailbag: Trading Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Kevin Youkilis Very Unlikely []

Trading Josh Beckett Won’t Be Easy, No Matter How Much Red Sox Fans Want a Move []

Former Red Sox prospect Hagadone off to terrific start with Indians [Projo Sox Blog]

New York Times sells interest in Red Sox [Projo Sox Blog]

McClure on Beckett: “Josh is one of those rare individuals who is mentally very strong” [Projo Sox Blog]

Doubront learning in each start [Projo Sox Blog]

Valentine: Beckett might have been tipping pitches [Projo Sox Blog]

Matsuzaka aiming for 90 pitches with PawSox on Saturday [Projo Sox Blog]

Mortensen eager for next big-league opportunity [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox need Buchholz to get right vs. Tribe []

Big Papi still feels void left by mom’s passing []

Papi unharmed after multi-car accident []

Renfroe embracing second year in Greenville []

Valentine: Won’t ‘legislate’ player off’days [Alex Speier –]

Josh Beckett, Kevin Garnett and defiance [Touching All The Bases]

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