Clay Buchholz (L), Phil Hughes (R)

After winning last night, the Boston Red Sox look for the series win this afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. 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 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

Clay Buchholz looks to get back on track in his eighth start of 2014. In his previous seven starts, Buchholz is 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA. He made two starts against the Twinkies in 2013 and had no record with a 4.15 ERA (6 ER/13 IP). He’s made seven career starts against the Twins and is 3-1 with a 4.22 ERA. Two of those starts have come at Target Field where he is 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA (7 ER/12.1 IP).

Phil Hughes makes his eight start for his new team in the Twins. In his previous seven starts, Hughes is 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA.  He made two appearances (one start) against the Red Sox in 2013 as a member of the Evil Empire and was 0-1 with a 17.36 ERA (9 ER/4.2 IP). He’s made 22 career appearances (13 starts) against the visitors and is 5-7 with a 5.70 ERA.

Boston Red Sox20-19 Minnesota Twins18-20
1. Dustin Pedroia 2B 1. Brian Dozier 2B
2. Xander Bogaerts SS 2. Joe Mauer DH
3. David Ortiz DH 3. Trevor Plouffe 3B
4. Mike Napoli 1B 4. Chris Colabello 1B
5. Jonny Gomes RF 5. Jason Kubel LF
6. Mike Carp LF 6. Kurt Suzuki C
7. David Ross C 7. Chris Parmelee RF
8. Will Middlebrooks 3B 8. Aaron Hicks CF
9. Jackie Bradley, Jr. 3B 9. Eduardo Escobar SS
Clay Buchholz SP Phil Hughes SP


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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