Terry Francona is back at Fenway Park as a manager. The biggest difference between now and 2004-2011? He’s sporting a Cleveland Indians cap and pullover instead of the familiar Boston “B” logo. Francona brings his Indians (26-19) to Boston for the first time since taking over as skipper. The Red Sox (28-19) come home for Memorial Day weekend after spending the past nine days on the road (6-3 record). Boston swept the Indians in Cleveland in April by a combined score of 19-8. The fanfare will surround Francona seeing some of his boys again, but the four-game series between two of the best teams in the American League should be quite the show on the field as well. The Indians lead the AL Central and the Sox are a half-back of the Yankees in the East, and could tie with a win tonight (Yankees are off today).
Ryan Dempster (2-4, 4.27 ERA) opens on the mound for the Sox. He’s been all that Boston wanted him to be on the mound, but has been unlucky in ...