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The Cleveland Indians open a four game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park tonight. The Red Sox have had some controversy this season with new manager Bobby Valentine. Tonight’s starter for the Red Sox, Josh Becket also had controversy swirling around him as he was reportedly seen playing golf while everyone though he was injured last week.

Nevertheless, Beckett will try to stop the bleeding for the Red Sox. The right-hander is 2-3 on the season with an ERA of 4.45 and will try to end the Sox five-game losing streak at home. This will be his first start since April 29. In that start he gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, in a loss to Chicago on the road. In that game he threw a career high 126 pitches.

The Indians are 17-13 on the season and have two former Red Sox players that will play for them during the series. Johnny Damon will lead off the Indians lineup and the probable starter for tonight’s game is Derek Lowe. Both players held key roles for the Red Sox during their 2004 season in which they won the World Series.

Lowe is 4-1 on the season with an ERA of 2.39. He has only played against the Red Sox on one occasion. He lost 3-0 against them in June of 2009 at Fenway. In four of the first six games Lowe started this season, he gave up two or fewer runs. He was acquired by Cleveland in the offseason from the Atlanta Braves. Damon has just a .167 batting average since he joined the Indians eight games ago. He was hitless in four at bats in Cleveland’s loss 8-1 against the White Sox Wednesday.

The Red Sox are favored at home -150, while the Indians are at +140. The total is at 8.5. The Indians will take the first game of this series behind the strong pitching of Lowe in just his second game against his former club. The total will cash out to UNDER bettors.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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