The Red Sox' rotation is on a roll. Tim Wakefield will look to keep that going when he makes the 575th appearance of his career as the Sox take on the Cleveland Indians in the second of four straight.
Since Wakefield gave up six runs in his last start, the Boston starting staff has allowed a grand total of two runs in 30 1/3 innings.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was the latest to shine, throwing eight scoreless in a 4-1 win over Cleveland in the series opener.
David Huff, who was struck in the head with a line drive at Yankee Stadium last month, will be making his second start since the scary scene for the Indians.
The Sox are 18-8 in Cleveland since 2002.
RHP Tim Wakefield (1-4, 6.02 ERA) vs. LHP David Huff (2-6, 6.08 ERA)
It's been a bit of a mixed bag of late for Wakefield. Since rejoining the rotation to take the place of the injured Josh Beckett, he has had three wildly different results.
After tossing eight scoreless in his first outing upon the return to the rotation, the knuckleballer gave up nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against Kansas City. He then followed that up with a six-run, six-inning effort against Oakland.
Wakefield is 11-8 with a 4.23 ERA in his career against Cleveland.
The image of Huff taking that line drive off his head in Yankee Stadium was frightening but his recovery has been one of the feel-good stories on a team that has not had many this season.
However, Huff did not have great results in his first game back. He gave up five runs in three innings in a 12-6 loss to Detroit on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Huff has never faced Boston.
Marco Scutaro, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, C
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Bill Hall, LF
Mike Cameron, CF
Darnell McDonald, RF
Trevor Crowe, CF
The Sox are 7-2 in a nine-game stretch that includes some beatable teams, taking care of business when they are supposed to. With a weak offense and a struggling starter two weeks removed from taking a line drive off his head, the Indians may allow that trend to continue.
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