Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/18

After winning in extra innings last night, the Boston Red Sox go for their fourth straight win tonight in the middle game of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 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.

Ryan Dempster steps on the bump for the ninth time in 2013. In his previous eight starts, Dempster is 2-3 with a 3.75. He took the loss on May 7th against the Twins after allowing four runs (two earned) in seven plus innings of work. He's made five appearances (four starts) against the Twinkies and is 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA. He threw eight shutout innings as a member of the Chicago Cubs to pick up the win in his only Target Field start.

Scott Diamond toes the slab for the seventh time in 2013. In his previous six starts, Diamond is 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA. The Canadian born pitcher was on the winning end of the May 7th matchup after throwing seven scoreless innings which also happened to be his first career start against the Red Sox.

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 Sox25-17 Minnesota Twins18-20
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Jamey Carroll 2B
2. Jonny Gomes LF 2. Joe Mauer DH
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Justin Morneau 1B
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Josh Willingham LF
5. Mike Napoli 1B 5. Ryan Doumit C
6. Daniel Nava RF 6. Oswaldo Arcia RF
7. Will Middlebrooks 3B 7. Trevor Plouffe 3B
8. Ryan Lavarnway C 8. Aaron Hicks CF
9. Pedro Ciriaco SS 9. Pedro Florimon SS
Ryan Dempster SP Scott Diamond 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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Could this be the smartest Red Sox team since '07? [rob bradford –]

Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew absent from Red Sox' lineup [clubhouse insider]

Farrell: Red Sox not yet considering dropping Jacoby Ellsbury in the batting order [clubhouse insider]

Shaughnessy: Lester/Buchholz has been 'too good' [csn new england]

Closer by committee for the Sox? [csn new england]

Buckley on Buchholz: 'He's a work in progress' [csn new england]

Victorino, Drew sit out vs. Twins [csn new england]

Pre-game notes: Sox enjoying road success [csn new  england]

Rare Middlebrooks bunt keys winning rally [espn boston]

Red Sox face Twins looking for fourth straight [espn boston]

Victorino planning on Sunday return [espn boston]

Miller bonked on the head but keeps chucking [extra bases]

Victorino and Drew sit out with sore backs [extra bases]

Clay Buchholz, rest of the Red Sox starters have executed an interesting traveling trend [full count]

Jacoby Ellsbury was slated for off day, but Shane Victorino not quite ready [full count]

Wilson happy to get first victory [projo sox blog]

Drew out with back soreness [projo sox blog]

Victorino out at least one more day [projo sox blog]

Miller shakes off foul ball to the head in best outing of season [projo sox blog]

Farrell not ready to drop Ellsbury [projo sox blog]

Coming off rough start, Dempster looks to bounce back vs. Twins []

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