Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians, August 11, 2012: Fan Preview

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Now that the shock and awe of the Cleveland Indians' horrific slump has past and the team is playing decent baseball again, it is time to assess the damage. Pitching coach Scott Radinsky is out of work, as are Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon. Jeremy Accardo was released, Jose Lopez was designated for assignment, and Travis Hafner joined his good buddy Grady Sizemore on the Disabled List.

Barring a miracle, the Indians' season is done. Their hopes of making the playoffs are nil and they are now playing for pride. At least last season our hopes and dreams for the club were not crushed until September. Hopefully we have an offseason of major roster moves to look forward to. Another winter of Aaron Cunningham and Felix Pie will likely cause revolt from the few fans that remain passionate through thick and thin.

The Tribe heads into game three of their four-game series with the Boston Red Sox looking for their second win of the series. It will be up to Zach McAllister to keep the Boston bats at bay while taking advantage of any mistakes thrown by Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales. As an added bonus for fans, the Cleveland Indians Rally Alley will be going strong outside Progressive Field as well as the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Gaylord Perry before the game.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 6:05 p.m. EDT.

Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against Boston's Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 52-61 record and in third place in the American League Central. They are 29-28 when playing at home and have won two of their last 10 games.

Boston comes into the matchup with a 56-58 record and in fourth place in the American League East. They are 27-24 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 4-2 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- .293 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo/Asdrubal Carera- 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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