By Justice B. Hill / Special to

04/28/09 12:56 AM ET

Right-hander Brad Penny got his first look at Progressive Field on Monday, and he's looking forward to the first time he'll pitch in the ballpark in downtown Cleveland. He'll get that chance on Tuesday. Is he overly excited about it? "Not really," said Penny, whom the Red Sox signed as a free agent on Jan. 9. "My job is to go out there and give my team the best chance to win. You definitely want to pitch in every Major League park. That would be pretty cool, and this is a step toward that." No rookie at 30, Penny knows better than to focus on trivial matters such as this. "You've got to get guys out," he said. That's no easy chore in a hitter-friendly ballpark such as Progressive. Still, Penny knows that he has some advantages, including the fact that the Red Sox are riding an 11-game winning streak that has put them atop the American League East. He wants to make certain that the Red Sox, who beat the Indians, 3-1, on Monday night, stay red-hot by pitching well. So Penny won't change anything about how he approaches this outing. As he put it, he's as foreign to the Indians and they are to him. "I'll just stick to the same game," he said. "I don't worry about the field I play in." Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Brad Penny (2-0, 7.80 ERA)
Don't let the high ERA deceive you: Penny has turned in quality starts in two of his first three outings. Most recently, he beat the Twins, giving up six hits and three runs over six innings, walking one and striking out two. CLE: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 4.76 ERA)
In his last start, on Thursday, Reyes didn't have his best command against the Royals. Despite his wildness, he lasted six innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, walked four and struck out five and with a no-decision. His teammates committed two errors behind him, but he limited the damage. So far, Reyes has been an effective No. 5 starter. He'll be facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. Tidbits
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched seven scoreless innings in earning a no-decision. He allowed just one hit, walked four and struck out five, putting together his third strong outing in a row. ... Shortstop Julio Lugo came off the disabled list, but manager Terry Francona decided not to start him on Monday. Look for Lugo to back on the field for one of the remaining two games against the Tribe. ... Though it was hardly his best work, closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his fifth save of the season. ... Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. ... David Ortiz, who went 2-for-4, has a seven-game hitting streak. ... Reliever Manny Delcarmen, who earned the victory, has not allowed a run in 12 innings this season. ... The Red Sox have won six of their last seven games at Progressive Field. ... Mike Lowell extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a triple.

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