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Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians, August 10, 2012: Fan Preview

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I would hate to speak too soon but it appears as if the Cleveland Indians are back on track after a solid victory over the Boston Red Sox in the opening game of their four-game series on Thursday, August 9. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched one of his better performances of the season giving up just three runs on eight hits while striking out 10 in six innings pitched. Chris Perez, with a clean-shaven face, pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory. Finally the Indians team we have witnessed most of the season returned.

Back-to-back victories in any other circumstance would not be an accomplishment, but following an abysmal 11-game losing streak, the fact the team is back on track should give fans a reason to rejoice. The Indians are playing quality baseball again.

Chris Seddon will take the mound on Friday in an attempt to lead the club to its third straight victory over the struggling Red Sox. Boston has won just three of their last 10 games giving the Indians hope they can break out of their slump by taking advantage of Boston's. Clay Buchholz will provide a challenge for the Tribe bats but only if they let him. This is the same team that beat the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander twice this season.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Chris Seddon (0-0, 7.71 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against Boston's Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 52-60 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 29-27 when playing at home and have won two of their last 10 games.

Boston comes into the matchup with a 55-58 record and in fourth place in the American League East. They are 26-24 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 3-2 in favor of the Red Sox.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .295 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo - 13 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 58 runs batted in.

Boston: David Ortiz- .316 batting average, David Ortiz- 23 home runs, Adrian Gonzalez- 74 runs batted in.

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