Red Sox - Indians pre-game notes

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Red Sox - Indians pre-game notes

The Red Sox All-Time vs Cleveland: 954-1015-8

In Cleveland: 438-544-3

The Red Sox are still looking for their first win after dropping the first three in Texas to start the season. It's the first time the Sox have started the season 0-3 since 1996, when they began 0-5.

In 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox lost three of their first five games. Both seasons ended with them as World Series Champions.

The Red Sox and Indians split the 2010 season, 4-4. Boston hasn't lost a season's series to the Tribe since losing four of seven games in 2006.

With three RBI on Saturday night, Red Sox DH David Ortiz moved into first place all-time in career RBI's (1,004) passing Edgar Martinez (1,003) for most ever at the position.

Red Sox pitchers allowed 11 home runs over their three-game Opening Series in Texas, the most in the Majors so far. It also tied an MLB record for the most runs in the first three games of a team's season with the 1955 Milwaukee Braves.

Red Sox relief pitcher Dennys Reyes is the first Red Sox left-hander since 1919 to pitch in each of the first three games on consecutive days while giving up no runs.

Beckett on the mound
Josh Beckett has been the Red Sox' Opening Day starter for the last two seasons, but will start in Boston's fourth game this season.

Beckett had a rather forgettable spring, posting a 1-4 record and a 5.33 ERA (215 ER25.1 IP) but struck out 19 batters, a team high.

Josh Beckett vs. CLE last season: 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER8.0 IP) in 1 GS.

Josh Beckett vs. CLE career: 3-4 5.56 ERA (27 ER43.2 IP) in 7 GS.

Beckett has at least one strikeout in each of his 249 career MLB games since 9401, the longest active streak in the Majors and 9th longest overall since 1919.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.