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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Alfredo Aceves vs. Justin Masterson

04.17.13 at 10:38 am ET
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Alfredo Aceves

Alfredo Aceves will make his second start as John Lackey‘s temporary replacement on Wednesday, facing Justin Masterson in Cleveland at 7:05 p.m.

In his first start of 2013 (and his first since 2011), Aceves allowed two runs on six hits over five innings to the Orioles on April 11. He made two relief appearances before that start. In 9 1/3 total innings, he’s surrendered seven runs on 11 hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.

Aceves has never started against the Indians. As a reliever, he’s been strong, with eight strikeouts, five hits and two walks over 7 2/3 innings.

Masterson will look to extend his successful start to 2013 against the team that traded him in 2009. Through 22 innings this year, he has a 0.41 ERA with 20 strikeouts and eight walks.

Since the Sox dealt him as part of the Victor Martinez trade, Masterson has faced his former teammates five times and owns a 3.21 ERA and an 0.95 WHIP against them. Those numbers would look even better without his 2012 struggles: He gave up six runs in six innings against the Sox in his only start against them that year, mirroring his problems over that year as a whole.

In his career, Masterson has held right-handed hitters to a .220/.303/.300 line, but lefties have hit .283/.363/.427 against him, a positive for the Sox’ left-handers and switch-hitters.

The Sox put together a seven-run second inning in Tuesday’s series opener to beat the Indians, 7-2. They had just two extra-base hits, both doubles from Mike Napoli, but took advantage of erratic Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who walked five in 1 2/3 innings.

Mark Reynolds has hit Aceves hard in 14 plate appearances, with a .333/.429/.917 line and two homers. Napoli has been similarly rough on Masterson in the same number of PAs, hitting .308/.357/.538 with a home run.

Red Sox vs. Masterson (RHP)

Mike Napoli (14 plate appearances): .308/.357/.538, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (14): .077/.143/.077, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jacoby Ellsbury (10): .222/.300/.222, 1 strikeout

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 3 RBI, 1 strikeout

Stephen Drew (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Mike Carp (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (4): .000/.500/.000, 2 walks

Will Middlebrooks (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout

Daniel Nava (3): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 double, 1 RBI

David Ross (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Jonny Gomes struck out in his only plate appearance against Masterson. Jackie Bradley and Pedro Ciriaco have never faced Masterson.

Indians vs. Aceves (RHP)

Mark Reynolds (14): .333/.429/.917, 2 HR, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Nick Swisher (12): .333/.500/.667, 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Asdrubal Cabrera (3): .000/.333/.000, HBP

Carlos Santana (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mike Aviles (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single

Michael Bourn (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single

Michael Brantley (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI

Jason Kipnis (2): .500/.500/.5000, 1 single

Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Giambi, Yan Gomes, Cord Phelps, Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs have never faced Aceves.

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