Tempers Still Red Hot in Boston As Jon Lester Faces Justin Masterson

Christopher CostaContributor IAugust 4, 2010

SEATTLE - JULY 24:  Starting pitcher Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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After last night's benches-clearing brawl, the Boston Red Sox will look to get another "W" at home in tonight's game against the Cleveland Indians, as former Red Sock Justin Masterson faces Jon Lester.

Masterson, who is 3-10 with a 5.55 ERA this season, has been having trouble staying in control, while Lester, who holds an 11-6 record with a 3.05 ERA, plans to put everything he has into an effort to silence the Indians in Game 2 of the series.

With bloods boiling from last night's altercation, it will be interesting to see how tonight's pitchers handle their emotions. It may be especially difficult for Masterson, who -if he chooses to intentionally hit batters- could be throwing at his former teammates. 

The lineup will see a few changes tonight as well. 

The Red Sox will send out a few of their younger players such as 2B Jed Lowrie, LF Ryan Kalish, and they will see the return of Jacoby Ellsbury to center field. Last night's hero, Mike Lowell, who hit a two-run homer in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis, is not in the starting nine tonight.

Victor Martinez will play first base tonight, and Kevin Cash will be behind the plate. 

For the Indians, Shin-Soo Choo will play tonight despite clutching his knee in agony after being hit by a pitch last night.

Boston needs Lester to bring his normal fire to the mound not only tonight against a tough AL Central team, but for the rest of the season if they hope to make a push for the postseason.

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