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Indians Look for a Fresh Start in Boston Against the Red Sox; The Tribe Starting Nine

The Indians are coming off a 4-7 homestand that has put them in a deep hole in the American League Central, as they trail the Minnesota Twins by 10 games for first place.

Today the team goes back on the road, as they travel for a tough test in Beantown, as they will start the first of three games against the defending MLB champion Boston Red Sox.

The Sox are 28-25, 13-10 at Fenway Park thus far in 2019. They sit in third place in the AL East, 6.5 games back of the first place New York Yankees.

Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.45) will be on the mound for the Red Sox. In his last outing he went six innings allowing a run on three hits in a no-decision against Toronto.

The Indians will counter with Jefry Rodriguez, who struggled in his last few outings, he’s 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA.

He was beat up by Oakland in his last outing, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings in a 7-2 loss on May 22nd.

Rodriguez’s one win did come on the road back on May 12th against the A’s, a game in which he threw six innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

Here’s today’s starting nine for the Indians:

Francisco Lindor SS
Oscar Mercado RF
Carlos Santana 1B
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jake Bauers DH
Roberto Perez C
Mike Freeman 3B
Greg Allen LF
Leonys Martin CF

Here’s Boston’s lineup:

Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Rafael Devers 3B
J.D. Martinez DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Michael Chavis 1B
Brock Holt 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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