BACK IN BOSTON: Tonight the Sox begin a 7-game homestand against the Indians (4 games) and Twins (3 games)…These 7 games are the Sox’ only contests in Boston during a 26-game stretch covering the majority of June from 6/2-29.
· The Red Sox are 15-17 (.469) in 32 home games compared to 14-19 (.424) in 33 games on the road…Boston has a 3.75 ERA (123 ER/295.0 IP) at home and a 3.99 ERA (131 ER/295.2 IP) away from Fenway.
TRIBE TALK: Tonight the Sox host the Indians for Cleveland’s 1st of 4 games here in 2014, all during the current set…This will end their 7-game season series, which spans over just 14 days…They played their first 3, 6/2-4 at CLE.
· The Red Sox are 0-3 against the Tribe this year after posting a 6-1 (.857) record against the Indians last year, the Sox’ best-ever single-season win pct. vs. CLE.
· Dustin Pedroia is a .325 hitter (67-for-206) in his career against the Indians…Daniel Nava has hit safely in 12 of his 13 career games against the Tribe, and his .410 AVG (16-for-39) against the club is the best mark among active players (min. 35 PA).
INDIANS IN BOSTON: Boston has won 6 of its last 7 games against the Indians here at Fenway Park beginning on 5/11/12, outscoring the Tribe 47-29 in those games.
· Since the start of 2008, the Red Sox are 18-8 (.692) against the Indians in Boston…That’s the club’s 3rd-best home mark against any AL team after the Astros (.000, 0-4) and Mariners (.300, 6-14).
LOW SCORING SET: The Red Sox went 1-2 in their weekend series in Baltimore despite being outscored 10-1 in the 3-game set…It was the 1st time the Red Sox scored as little as 1 run over a 3-game stretch since the 1993 team did it in April (0 R, 4/21-22/93 at SEA; 1 R, 4/23/93 at CAL)…It was the fewest runs for the Red Sox in a 3-game series since being outscored 24-0 in 3 games from 4/27-29/81 at TEX.