Sabathia aims to even series at Fenway

Sabathia aims to even series at Fenway

The Indians hope to do to Jason Johnson on Tuesday what so many of their opponents did to Johnson earlier this year.

Johnson was signed to a $4 million contract last winter to be the Indians' fifth starter. On June 20, he was designated for assignment. A day later, he was traded to the Red Sox, along with cash considerations, for a player to be named later.

The Tribe wasn't scared off by Johnson's 52-86 career record when it signed him. The Indians were instead enticed by his innings-eating tendencies.

Johnson didn't eat many innings for the Indians, though. He went 3-9 with a 5.96 ERA in 14 starts, and the Indians were 4-10 in those games.

"I was having the worst year of my career so far," Johnson told Boston reporters when he arrived at Fenway Park.

The year hasn't gotten any better with a different organization. Johnson made two uninspiring starts for Boston before being optioned to the Minors.

Now, though, the Red Sox are giving him another chance against his old team. And when the Indians step to the plate against Johnson on Tuesday night, they're hoping he looks like the pitcher he's been this season, not the innings-eater they originally hoped for.

Pitching matchup
CLE: LHP C.C. Sabathia (7-7, 3.82 ERA)
Sabathia came out on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel with Justin Verlander in his last start, against the Tigers on Wednesday. Though he made it through the first five innings unharmed, he gave up a three spot in the sixth and was sent spiraling toward his third straight loss. Sabathia gave up four runs on nine hits over seven innings. He hasn't won a game since posting a shutout of the Orioles on July 7.

BOS: RHP Jason Johnson (3-10, 6.35 ERA)
Johnson is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox.

Player to watch
Andy Marte was the reason the Indians traded Coco Crisp to the Red Sox last winter, but his first exposure to life with the Indians has been a rough one, to this point. Marte, who was struggling at the plate at the time of his call up from Triple-A Buffalo, is also having trouble adjusting to big-league pitching. He is 0-for-9 with the Tribe so far.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WTAM 1100

Up next
• Wednesday: Indians (LHP Jeremy Sowers, 3-3, 3.98) at Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-1, 3.49), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Indians (RHP Jake Westbrook, 7-7, 4.31) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-5, 4.76), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Indians (LHP Cliff Lee, 9-8, 4.70) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 11-5, 3.65), 7:05 p.m. ET

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.