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Alex Hassan Would Probably Rather Forget His Second Big League Start

Alex Hassan reacts after striking out on Tuesday, one of the four Ks he racked up in the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Cleveland. Tony Dejak/AP

Alex Hassan had a game to remember in his first big league contest on Sunday at Fenway Park, as he recorded his first MLB hit, reached base twice, and scored his first MLB run en route to helping the Red Sox beat the Rays 4-0 for the seventh straight victory.

His second contest in the majors may be one he’d like to forget sooner rather than later.

The Milton, Mass. native struck out swinging in his first three at bats of the Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Indians, as he couldn’t figure out Indians starter T.J House.

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After House left the game, things didn’t get any better for the rookie, as Nick Hagadone struck him out to end the top of the seventh, stranding two runners on base. It was the fourth K is four at bats for Hassan on the night.

Hassan was called up on May 30 to add another bat to the bench after Ryan Lavarnway was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hamate fracture.

The 26-year-old BC High alum played 45 games for the PawSox this season, hitting .217 with 10 doubles, one home run, and 19 RBIs. Tuesday marked Hassan’s second big league start.