Can Tribe scare up runs for Westbrook?

Can Tribe scare up runs for Westbrook?

Jake Westbrook could use a little luck.

The Indians' sinkerball-throwing right-hander hasn't had much of it his last two starts. In those starts, against the Twins and Mariners, he has given up a total of five earned runs on 14 hits over 14 innings. In short, he's pitched well enough to win both times. But the result has been a pair of 3-1 losses.

It's no secret that the Tribe's defense and bullpen have been inconsistent this season, and Westbrook has been a victim of those problems.

Not once, though, has Westbrook complained.

"Like I've always said, I just control the things I can control," he said after his last start. "I'm going to pitch the best I can when given the opportunity to pitch."

That opportunity presents itself again Thursday, when the Indians hand Westbrook the ball for the finale of their four-game set at Fenway Park.

Pitching matchup
CLE: RHP Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.31 ERA)
Westbrook held the Mariners to two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over eight innings Saturday, but came out with his third loss in as many starts. His only other appearance at Fenway Park saw him give up four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four career starts against Boston.

BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (13-5, 4.76 ERA)
Beckett had won his previous two outings, but got the no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. He allowed three runs and four hits over six innings, but also kept the Angels in scoring position by walking four. A positive note was that it was only the second game in his last eight starts where he did not allow a home run.

Player to watch
Joe Inglett has hit .400 (18-for-45) with two homers and eight RBIs over his last 12 games. He is sharing time at second base with Hector Luna.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WTAM 1100

Up next
• Friday: Indians (LHP Cliff Lee, 9-8, 4.70) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 11-5, 3.65), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Indians (RHP Paul Byrd, 7-6, 5.00) at Tigers (LHP Kenny Rogers, 11-5, 4.63), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Indians (LHP C.C. Sabathia, 8-7, 3.64) at Tigers (RHP Justin Verlander, 14-4, 2.79), 1:05 p.m. ET

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