BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox blocks the plate as Jack Hannahan #9 of the Cleveland Indians slides at home plate in the second inning at Fenway Park May 11, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hannahan was out on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Indians Vs. Red Sox: Cleveland Trounced In Boston By 11 Runs

Cleveland Indians' pitchers were shelled at Fenway Park on Sunday in a 12-1 loss to Boston.

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Indians Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Cleveland Pounded By Boston At Fenway, 12-1

It might not be time to panic yet in Cleveland, but a few more losses like today's 12-1 drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox and fans might have an entirely different outlook.

Right away on Sunday it became evident that it was not to be Cleveland's afternoon, as Boston quickly loaded up four runs against starter Justin Masterson in the first inning to put the Indians in an immediate hole. Masterson, who yielded an inordinately-high six earned runs over six innings on the day, managed to fan four batters over his final three frames despite the woeful state line. The loss drops him to 1-3 on the year, while his ERA rose to a frustrating 5.40.

Worse yet, Cleveland relief pitcher Dan Wheeler took the mound in the seventh inning of a 6-1 game, and left it after throwing 32 pitches and yielding a whopping six earned runs. The brief outing not only almost doubled Wheeler's season ERA from 4.76 to 8.76, but also likely altered a few opinions in the organization about his ability to get the job done in the late innings.

Offensively though, the Indians couldn't get anything tangible going for yet another game. Youngsters Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis each posted two-hit days, but as many as six starters finished the game hitless for Cleveland. Next up for the Indians is a trip to Central rival Minnesota for a two-game series that opens Monday evening.

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Indians Vs. Red Sox, Game 3: Cleveland's Josh Tomlin Scratched, Zach McAllister To Make Emergency Start

A sore right wrist to starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has forced the Cleveland Indians to make a change to their lineup card for Game 3 of a four-game set against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Tomlin was scheduled to take the mound for the 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Fenway Park, however, Zach McAllister will be called up from Triple-A to take his place.

Oddly, Tomlin says his wrist soreness could have been caused from gripping the ball too tightly in the rain during his start on Monday. (I guess, you could chalk that up as a baseball cause of injury we never heard before.)

Regardless, the Indians will need to now decided how they're going to make room for McAllister, who's making his second major league start this season. According to Paul Hoynes, the Indians beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians will either place Tomlin on the disable list or demote a player on Cleveland's current roster.

McAllister will oppose Red Sox starter Felix Dubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA).

2012 - Zach McAllister 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 6 4 2 0 1 5 3.00 1.17

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Indians Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Cleveland Torches Beckett To Reach 10-3 On Road

The Cleveland Indians responded nicely after Wednesday's seven-run drubbing at the hands of the White Sox, and took down the Boston Red Sox 8-3 in Thursday's series opener at Fenway Park.

Cleveland starter Derek Lowe went six innings and scattered nine hits with two earned to pick up the win, lowering his season ERA to 2.47 in the process. Indians' hitters managed to chase Boston starter Josh Beckett from the game right away in the third inning, forcing the one-time ace to hit the showers with a brutal 2.1 IP - 7 H - 7 ER line.

Offensively, though, the bats woke up for Manny Acta's team after a frustrating performance in their previous outing. Outfielder Michael Brantley finished 4-for-5 from the plate with a pair of RBI, while red-hot second baseman Jason Kipnis belted his sixth home run of the season in the third inning to signal the beginning of the end for Beckett's day. In addition, third baseman Jack Hannahan also raised his season average to .300 with a 2-for-4 night that featured a homer and two RBI.

Now sitting at a remarkable 10-3 away from home this season, Cleveland will look to keep its good fortunes on the road going strong with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound for Friday's game.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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