Josh Tomlin (L), Jon Lester (R)

After going 2-7 on the nine game road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for seven games where I expect they’ll go 0-7. In all seriousness, they’ll kick it off tonight with the first game of a four-game set with the Tito Francona’s Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. 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. If you don’t live in either market you’re in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game (outside of Red Sox and Orioles television markets). And if you can’t catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester toes the slab for the 14th time in his walk year. In his previous 13 starts, Lester is 6-7 with a 3.52 ERA. He made two starts against the Tribe in 2013 and was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14 IP). He’s made 13 career starts against them and is 6-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Five of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA.

Josh Tomlin makes his seventh start (eight appearance) of the 2014 season for the Erie Warriors. In his previous seven appearances (six starts), Tomlin is 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA. He last faced the Red Sox in 2012 when he allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. He’s made four career appearances (three starts) against the local nine and is 1-1 with a 7.17 ERA. Two of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA (9 ER/13 IP).

Cleveland Indians33-33 Boston Red Sox29-36
1. Michael Bourn CF 1. Brock Holt 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Michael Brantley LF 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Jason Kipnis 2B 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Carlos Santana 1B 5. Daniel Nava LF
6. Ryan Raburn RF 6. Grady Sizemore RF
7. Nick Swisher DH 7. David Ross C
8. Yan Gomes C 8. Jonathan Herrera SS
9. Mike Aviles 3B 9. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
Josh Tomlin SP Jon Lester SP


Here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Cleveland Indians @ Boston Red Sox Batter/Pitcher Matchups

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