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Lackey sharp as Red Sox pound Cleveland, Masterson
The loss, the third in the last four games, dropped the previously surging Indians out of first place in the AL Central, a half-game behind the Tigers.
Masterson, who had won his three previous starts and had allowed no runs in 16 innings in his last two, worked six-plus innings in this one. He left after a leadoff double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Indians manager Terry Francona, in his second game back at Fenway Park as an opposing manager, received big ovations while making two pitching changes.
It rained through the entire game, easing up at times.
Heavy rain began falling about two hours before the scheduled game time. The start was delayed 44 minutes and the game began in a steady, blowing rain.
Sox put two on DL, recall two
The Red Sox had a bit of a roster shakeup earlier in the day with three health-related moves. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) and right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) were both disabled, Victorino retroactive to May 21, and INF Jose Iglesias and RHP Alfredo Aceves were recalled from Pawtucket. Also, C David Ross was activated from the concussion DL and C Ryan Lavarnway was returned to Triple-A. ... In four starts with the PawSox after his demotion, Aceves was 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA. He was slated for long relief with the Sox. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday... Middlebrooks was in an 0-for-11 slump that dropped his batting average to .201. ... Iglesias, a shortstop prospect, made his second career start at 3B on Friday, both appearances coming in the last three days. ... The Indians welcomed 1B Nick Swisher back from the paternity list after he spent three days with wife JoAnna following the birth of their first child. The White Sox sent 2B Cord Phelps back to the minors to make room for Swisher. ... Indians LHP Scott Kazmir (2-2) continues his comeback attempt when he faces Boston LHP Jon Lester (6-1) in Game 3 of the series today.
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