Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/17

After taking two-of-three against the Rays, the Boston Red Sox look to keep the good times rolling in Minnesota. Tonight, they'll kick off a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live in the Twins television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports North.And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Clay Buchholz toes the rubber for the ninth time in 2013. In his previous eight starts, Buchholz is 6-0 with an 1.69 ERA. He picked up a no decision against the Twins back on May 6th after allowing four runs in six innings of work. He's made six career starts against the Twins and is 3-1 with a 4.54. In his lone career Target Field start, he picked up the win despite allowing five runs in 5.1 innings of work.

Vance Worley makes his ninth start of 2013 as well. In his previous eight starts, Worley is 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA. He picked up a no decision in his only start against the Red Sox this season after allowing three runs in five innings of work. He's made two career starts against the Red Sox and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12 IP).

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Boston Red Sox24-17 Minnesota Twins18-19
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Brian Dozier 2B
2. Daniel Nava RF 2. Chris Parmelee RF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Josh Willingham DH
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Justin Morneau 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks 3B 5. Ryan Doumit C
6. Stephen Drew SS 6. Oswaldo Arcia LF
7. Jonny Gomes LF 7. Trevor Plouffe 3B
8. Mike Carp 1B 8. Aaron Hicks CF
9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 9. Pedro Florimon SS
Clay Buchholz SP Vance Worley SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins batter/pitcher matchups

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Sore back sidelines Victorino vs. Twins [csn new england]

Video: State of the Nation [espn boston]

Victorino out with sore back [extra bases]

Mike Napoli gets a night off [extra bases]

Red Sox-Twins series preview [full count]

Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino’s absence a precaution; David Ross still feeling concussion symptoms [full count]

Red Sox Players Hang Out with Hambino, Squints from ‘The Sandlot’ at Target Field (Photo) []

Shane Victorino’s Shoe Addiction ‘Getting So Bad,’ According to Former Teammate Vance Worley []

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Twins and Momentum [projo sox blog]

Napoli happy to be everyday staple [projo sox blog]

Ross unlikely to return on road trip [projo sox blog]

Hanrahan "feels good" after surgery [projo sox blog]

Amid much chatter, Buchholz eyes 7-0 start []

How Will found his way: Retracing Middlebrooks' path to Red Sox, away from Rays [alex speier –]

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