8 a.m. ET: Terry Francona’s return to Fenway Park on Thursday was special, but the end result was a far cry from what the Red Sox anticipated.
The Indians jumped all over Ryan Dempster and pounded out 16 hits en route to a 12-3 victory. It was the third straight shaky outing for Dempster, who has failed four times to record his third win of the year. Now, John Lackey will be asked to put the Red Sox back on the right track on Friday.
Lackey was fantastic in his last start on Sunday. He allowed just two baserunners and an unearned run in six innings before a lengthy rain delay in Minnesota ended his outing. He picked up the win in that contest, and he’ll now look to carry the momentum back home to Fenway.
Friday’s action is scheduled to kick off at 7:10 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog for additional commentary, analysis and random spurts of ruggedness.