The Indians clinched home field for this series on the last day of the regular season. That could turn out to be important, as the Tribe was an A.L.-best (tied with the Rangers) at home, 53-28. On the other hand, the Red Sox won the season series four games to two and are an A.L.-best 46-35 on the road.
These teams have met three times in postseason play, last in 2007 when Boston beat Cleveland in the ALCS four games to three. Except for losing the wild-card game in 2013, that’s the last postseason play for the Indians. The Red Sox’ World Series win that year is their last playoff series before now.
Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2B, Holt 3B, Betts RF, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Bogaerts SS, Bradley CF, Leon C, Benintendi LF
Santana 1B, Kipnis 2B, Lindor SS, Napoli DH, Ramirez 3B, Chisenhall LF, Crisp LF, Naquin CF, Perez C
Rick Porcello goes for the Red Sox and Trevor Bauer for the Indians. Bauer, who was picked third overall in 2011 (six picks ahead of Javier Baez) has struggled at times in his big-league career, and had a bad September (6.39 ERA in six starts). Porcello is a potential Cy Young winner off his fine 2016 season, the best of his career. He led the major leagues in wins (22) and in strikeout/walk ratio (5.91).
Today's game is on TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken Jr. and Sam Ryan.
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