BOSTON When the American League Championship Series resumes tonight at Jacobs Field, there will be two sets of emotions.
The Cleveland Indians will feel fortunate the best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. The Boston Red Sox have to deal with missing a chance to take a 2-0 lead. Cleveland beat the Red Sox 13-6 in 11 innings in Game 2 Saturday night at Boston's Fenway Park.
"We'll bounce back," said Red Sox rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
The Indians will pitch Jake Westbrook against Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 3. Westbrook gave up 10 hits and five runs in his only appearance against the Red Sox this season. Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA against Cleveland this season but had difficulties in the Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels.
"He'll be all right, but he needs to command his fastball better," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said.
The Red Sox's Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are sizzling. Ramirez is 3-for-6 with six RBIs and four walks in the first two games. Ortiz is also 3-for-6 with three walks.
For the Indians, Jhonny Peralta is hitting .444 in the series while Ryan Garko, Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez each have a .375 average.
The Indians, whose bullpen pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2, earned a split after getting blown out in Game 1.
"These guys persevere," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "They find a way to get it done. We don't just win with one area of the club. We've got some consistency with all areas of our club. That's what we have to have."
Varitek said the same is true for the Red Sox: "We have two good teams here. They don't back down. We don't back down."