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Thursday, April 18th (All times Eastern)

Boston Red Sox (10-4) at Cleveland Indians (5-8), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (2-0, 1.42) Cleveland - Zach McAllister (1-1, 2.19)

(Sports Network) - Jon Lester hopes to continue his strong start to the season on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox close out a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Lester was again terrific on Saturday against Tampa Bay, but had nothing to show for it, as he received a no-decision, despite allowing just a run and five hits in seven innings.

Coming off a season in which Lester set career highs with 14 losses, a 4.82 ERA and 25 home runs allowed, the left-hander is 2-0 this year with a 1.42 ERA and has struck out 18 batters in 19 innings.

Lester's early season roll should continue on Thursday, as he owns a 5-1 lifetime mark versus the Indians with a 3.34 ERA in 11 starts.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty Zach McAllister, who is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA. McAllister defeated the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, holding them to three runs (1 earned) and five hits in 6 1/3 frames.

"Command of his fastball today was tremendous," said Cleveland manager Terry Francona of McAllister. "He started the game out, we have an error, we give up a couple runs, we come right back and he settled in throwing a lot of quality strikes with his fastball."

McAllister has split his two starts against the Red Sox and has pitched to a 3.60 ERA in those meetings.

Boston's early season success continued on Wednesday, as Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava each drove in a pair of runs to help the Red Sox to a 6-3 win. Mike Carp finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI triple for Boston, which has taken the first two in the set and five straight overall.

"I don't want to downplay the events that we just left in Boston, but I think what we've quickly come to see is a group that likes to be around one another," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Those are encouraging signs."

Boston starter Alfredo Aceves (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning, snagging the decision after allowing seven hits and three runs. Andrew Bailey fanned two in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and Jason Giambi added a solo shot for the Indians, who have lost three straight.

Justin Masterson (3-1) was tagged for 11 hits and four runs in defeat despite five strikeouts over five innings.

"It wasn't as fun as the last three I pitched, but over a season when you have 30-plus starts you're going to have some like this," Masterson, an ex-Red Sox pitcher, said. "I kept it close as much as I could."

Boston was 5-3 against the Indians last season.

04/18 10:26:30 ET

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UNC 82
OSU 74
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MVSU 16
NCCU 28
 
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LOU 76
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SMU 62
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CIN 47
VCU 68
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BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
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PROV 85
UMASS 65
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AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
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UNC 82
OSU 74
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IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
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VILL 82
SYR 77
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VT 64
CITA 61
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MLOWELL 63
 
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BEL 73
 
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YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
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DEL 74
 
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PSU 73
DREX 68
 
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UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
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ILL 62
MIZZ 59
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CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
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LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
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HOU 63
SCST 71
 
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FSU 75
SFLA 62
 
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BING 51
BONA 69
 
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RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
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TOL 83
 
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JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
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VANDY 60
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INDST 56
EILL 60
 
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IND 82
 
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ARTCH 46
 
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OREG 63
DELST 49
 
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Terriers 48
FATL 42
 
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HPYN 45
 
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KU 89
LAF 62
 
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ARKST 55
MARS 46
 
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MEM 56
ORU 47
 
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KNST 51
UMBC 60
 
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NW 50
WMICH 45
 
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MIZST 49
EMICH 58
 
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CHIST 52
STJOE 33
 
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UCLA 7
 
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COC 19
DAVID 36
 
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RIU 25
DET 27
 
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UCR 28
HOUB 20
 
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ILLST 4
 
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NWST 34
LALAF 33
 
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MON 20
 
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MVSU 16
NCCU 28
 
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PITT 19
OU 24
 
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PBY 22
 
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WYO 19
SOUTH 15
 
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AFA 19
UCD 19
 
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USCU 19
 
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