Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Carrasco, Buchholz aim to build on '15 success

Another solid matchup is in store for Wednesday's Game 2 (6:10 p.m. ET) between the Red Sox and Indians, as Clay Buchholz faces off against Carlos Carrasco.
After finishing fifth in the American League last season with 216 strikeouts, Indians righty Carrasco could be poised to become an All-Star this year. Meanwhile, Buchholz is just happy to be pitching again after his 2015 season ended on July 10 with a right elbow injury.
Both pitchers can dominate when at the top of their games. Buchholz posted a 2.02 ERA in his final 11 starts last year. Carrasco held opponents to a .228 average in his 30 starts.
Three things to know about this game
• David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are the only longer-tenured members of the Red Sox than Buchholz, who made his debut in 2007. Indians first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-12 against former teammate Buchholz, including a home run. Buchholz has held Rajai Davis to three hits in 16 at-bats.
• With Boston throwing right-handers on Wednesday and Thursday, expect Jose Ramirez to find his way into the lineup for the Tribe. Manager Terry Francona said Ramirez could be an option at third base (spelling Juan Uribe) or in left field.
• Rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin is expected to make his Major League debut for the Indians on Wednesday. Naquin, 24, earned a spot on the Opening Day roster by hitting .397 with a 1.203 OPS in 22 Cactus League games. He will see most of his playing time vs. right-handed pitching.

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