After another tough loss last night, the Boston Red Sox return to the diamond in the second game of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.
First pitch for today’s game is at 1:10 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by FOX to 48% of the country. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.
After picking up his first quality start in his last outing, Clay Buchholz will look to end his team’s three-game losing streak. He’s made six starts in 2011 and is 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA. He made one start against the Twins in 2010 (5/19), which is the only time he’s faced them at Fenway, and picked up the win after allowing two runs in eight innings. He’s made two career starts against the Twins and is 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA.
Brian Duensing makes his sixth start of the season for the Twins and first career start against the Red Sox. In his previous five outings, he is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA. He made two appearances against the Red Sox in 2010 which are the only two career appearances he’s had against them. In those two relief appearances, he had no record with a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP). In his lone Fenway appearance, he didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings.
Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the overnight and the morning if you’re on the home page.
Here are this afternoon’s lineups:
|1. Denard Span||CF||1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF|
|2. Trevor Plouffe||SS||2. Dustin Pedroia||2B|
|3. Justin Morneau||DH||3. Adrian Gonzalez||1B|
|4. Jason Kubel||RF||4. Kevin Youkilis||DH|
|5. Michael Cuddyer||1B||5. Jed Lowrie||3B|
|6. Danny Valencia||3B||6. Mike Cameron||RF|
|7. Rene Tosoni||LF||7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia||C|
|8. Rene Rivera||C||8. Carl Crawford||LF|
|9. Luke Hughes||2B||9. Marco Scutaro||SS|
|Brian Duensing||SP||Clay Buchholz
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Something remains amiss with Red Sox [Alex Speier – WEEI.com]
Twins rough up Wakefield, Sox [Boston Globe]
Aceves: comings and goings [Boston Globe]
Still tossing and turning [Boston Globe]
Tim Wakefield, sloppy Red Sox stumble to 3rd straight loss [Boston Herald]
Ejected Terry Francona not touched by an Angel [Boston Herald]
Rough evening for Tim Wakefield [Boston Herald]
Staying put: Despite slump, Dustin Pedroia stays in No. 2 spot [Clubhouse Insider]
Wakefield rocked as Sox fall hard again, 9-2 [CSNNE.com]
Francona upset with West’s actions, ejection [CSNNE.com]
Sox notes: Francona shuffles starters [CSNNE.com]
Early notes: Francona shuffles lineup [CSNNE.com]
Rapid reaction: Twins 9, Sox 2 [ESPN Boston]
Francona irked by umpires’ actions [ESPN Boston]
Francona hasn’t heard from league yet [ESPN Boston]
Lineup looks a little different vs. lefty [ESPN Boston]
It ain’t been this bad for 7 years [ESPN Boston]
Closing Time: Twins 9, Red Sox 2 [Full Count]
It’s official: Adrian Gonzalez has Monster pop [Full Count]
Why Clay Buchholz’ blister might bode well [Full Count]
Will Francona be suspended? [Projo Sox Blog]
Wakefield pounded; Francona tossed [Providence Journal]
Francona: Ejection wasn’t any of West’s business [Providence Journal]
Some pleasant surprises among Red Sox stats [Providence Journal]
Red Sox Journal: Bad mechanics land Jenks on DL [Providence Journal]
Buchholz seeking return to 2010 form [RedSox.com]