Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 4-1

CLEVELAND — The applause was warm and full as the Indians former catcher stepped to the plate in the first inning.

It was not, however, very loud, though that had more to do with the low attendance at Progressive Field on the night Victor Martinez returned to Cleveland for the first time as a member of the Red Sox.

And in that reception by the few that came out to support the home team — announced as 14,758 — is the reason Martinez is grateful for being shipped out o...