Lefty T.J. House will make his third career Major League start when the Indians take on the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The Tribe enters the game with an American League-best home record of 19-11 after taking the first game of a three-game set Monday.
House bounced back nicely in his second start. After giving up 11 hits and five earned runs against the Orioles in his first start, House held the White Sox to one run over 6 1/3 innings, issuing eight strikeouts to one walk, but took a no-decision.
"He had 13 groundouts in Baltimore, but the balls that got in the air got him in trouble," said Cleveland manager Terry Francona. "In Chicago, he kept throwing it where he wanted to, worked ahead in the count and had movement on the ball down, mixing in the changeup and breaking ball. It was really good. That was really encouraging."
Boston starter Jake Peavy, meanwhile, is coming off perhaps his best performance of the season. Pitching against the Braves, the righty went eight innings for the first time in 2014, giving up eight hits and three runs while walking one and striking out four.
Peavy took a no-decision, but Boston won on a walk-off hit by Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the ninth.
"Peavy was great," said catcher David Ross. "I thought Peavy was as good as you're going to get for him. I mean, he threw really well.
He's 5-3 against Cleveland over 11 career starts.
Red Sox: Bogaerts at third only for now
• When the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, manager John Farrell said that Xander Bogaerts could see some starts at shortstop, particularly against left-handed pitching.
However, Bogaerts will play exclusively at third for now.
"There's going to be some initial adjustment because of either one less hop or a more reactionary position," said Farrell. "Our approach in games with the alignment would be, at least in the short term, to have him at third base every day. When Stephen is not in the lineup, we'll have someone else at shortstop, whether that's [Jonathan] Herrera or [Brock] Holt just for a matter of continuity, at least in the first number of games with Xander at third base, just to avoid the bouncing back."
Indians: Club pleased with Salazar's latest outing
• The Indians are looking at much more than pitching lines while evaluating Danny Salazar's progress since being sent down to Triple-A Columbus. The young righty was tasked with fine-tuning some mechanical flaws, and Cleveland was encouraged by his last outing.
"His line score wasn't very good," Francona said. "But it sounded like he threw a lot more fastballs down in the zone. He had gotten a little out of whack in his delivery."
In eight starts with the Indians this year, Salazar went 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in 40 2/3 innings, issued 17 walks, and allowed eight home runs. Salazar had a 3.12 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 15 walks in 52 innings for Cleveland in 2013.
In three starts since being optioned to Columbus, he's gone 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings, striking out 15 and walking eight. He allowed eight runs in eight innings combined over his first two starts with the Clippers. On Friday, Salazar yielded three runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings against Louisville.
"Just talking to Jason Bere," Francona said, "he said, 'Don't let that line score beat you up. He wasn't that bad.' That was good to hear."
• Cleveland's last winning season against Boston came in 2011 (6-4), as the club has gone 4-11 since (1-6 in 2013).
• Jon Lester's 12-strikeout performance Sunday was his 19th career 10-plus strikeout effort, overtaking Smoky Joe Wood (18) for sole possession of third on the Red Sox's all-time list. Only Pedro Martinez (72) and Roger Clemens (68) have more.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.