(Sports Network) - Right-hander Justin Masterson goes for a third consecutive
win to start the season on Friday night when the Chicago White Sox visit
Progressive Field for the first of three weekend games with the Cleveland
A former second-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, Masterson won 11 times
in 25 decisions across 34 starts in 2012 for the Indians, who acquired him and
two other players from the Red Sox in July 2009 for catcher Victor Martinez.
He opened 2013 with six innings of three-hit, one-run ball in a 4-1 defeat of
the Toronto Blue Jays, then upped his mark to 2-0 with seven shutout innings
of two-hit ball in a 13-0 rout of Tampa Bay.
Masterson is 22-21 in 94 career appearances on home fields, with a 3.35 earned
run average. Friday's game will be his first home start of 2013.
He squares off against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana, who makes his first career
start against the Indians.
The 24-year-old native of Colombia was 6-6 in 25 appearances - 22 starts - for
the White Sox as a rookie last season while posting a 3.76 ERA in 136 1/3
innings and allowing an opposition batting average of .275.
He got a no-decision in his first outing of 2013 on April 5, when he allowed
five earned runs on eight hits in four innings.
Quintana was 3-2 in 12 appearances on the road last season.
On Thursday in Washington, Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored
twice, and Ryan Zimmerman added a double and a pair of RBI as the Nationals
completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox with a 7-4 win.
Alejandro De Aza had two hits, an RBI and scored once for the White Sox. Adam
Dunn added an RBI double.
Dylan Axelrod (0-1) allowed six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings to
absorb the loss.
"You don't get many breaks (in the Nationals' lineup)," Axelrod said.
The Indians, meanwhile, haven't played since losing to the New York Yankees on
Tuesday after back-to-back postponements.
The White Sox won 11 of 18 games between the teams last season. Cleveland last
won the season series in 2007.
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