Tim Wakefield (L), Scott Baker (R)

After taking two-of-three from their AL East rivals last night, the Boston Red Sox now embark on a six-game, seven-day road trip. They’ll get it started tonight with the first of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Twins broadcast area, you can catch the game on Fox Sports North.  The game will also be shown nationally (outside of Red Sox & Twins TV markets) on ESPN. Where available, you can also catch the game online at ESPN3.com. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.

Tim Wakefield makes his third attempt at career win No. 200 in his 16th start (25th appearance) of 2011. In his previous 24 appearances (15 starts), Wake is 6-4 with a 4.99 ERA. He’s made one start against the Twins and took the loss back on May 6th. In that start, he allowed six runs in 4.1 innings of work. Wake has made 28 career appearances (25 starts) against the Twins and is 14-7 with a 4.54 ERA. He’s made 13 starts in the Twin Cities and is 7-5 with a 4.81 ERA. His lone Target Field start came last year when he took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) in 5.1 innings.

Scott Baker makes his 21st of 2011 for the Twins tonight. In his previous 20 starts, Baker is 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. He was matched up with Wakefield on May 6th and picked up the win after allowing two runs in eight innings. He’s made five career appearances (four starts) against the Red Sox and is 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA. He’s never faced the Red Sox at home as all five of his career appearances have come at Historic Fenway Park.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you’re on the home page.

Here are this evening’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox70-43 Minnesota Twins51-63
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Denard Span CF
2. Carl Crawford LF 2. Trevor Plouffe 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Joe Mauer C
4. Dustin Pedroia 2B 4. Michael Cuddyer 1B
5. David Ortiz DH 5. Jason Kubel RF
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 6. Jim Thome DH
7. Josh Reddick RF 7. Danny Valencia 3B
8. Jed Lowrie 3B 8. Delmon Young LF
9. Marco Scutaro SS 9. Matt Tolbert SS
Tim Wakefield SP Scott Baker SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins batter/pitcher matchups

With Lowrie returning from the 15-day disabled list, reliever Randy Williams was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for him on the 25-man roster.

Check back and/or refresh often as more links will be added if/when they become available before game time.

To open the links up in a new tab or window, use Control+click

Draft countdown: Where the Red Sox stand with their top draft picks [Alex Speier – WEEI.com]

Pregame notes: Bobby Jenks hospitalized; Josh Beckett slows the pace [Clubhouse Insider]

Report: Tazawa to be promoted to Pawtucket [CSN New England]

Notes: Youkilis sits, Lowrie gets start at third [CSN New England]

Nation STATion: Playing the field [CSN New England]

Red Sox-Yankees rivalry dead: How to fix [ESPN.com]

Wakefield goes for 200th again at Minny [ESPN Boston]

Video: Schilling’s take on Red Sox-Yankees [ESPN Boston]

Slow game Sunday night? Francona agrees [ESPN Boston]

Of green lights and 3-and-0 counts [ESPN Boston]

Crawford No. 2, but only temporarily [ESPN Boston]

Jenks in hospital; Williams optioned [ESPN Boston]

Lowrie activated [Extra Bases]

Pre-game notes from Target Field [Extra Bases]

Ask Nick: Will Sox re-sign Ellsbury? [Extra Bases]

Joel Sherman on D&C: Alex Rodriguez a ‘terrible, terrible decision-maker’ [Full Count]

Chris Singleton on M&M: Erik Bedard ‘has the mindset and the mentality to be able to pitch in Boston’ [Full Count]

Red Sox Send Yankees Home With Lingering Doubts About CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera [NESN.com]

Josh Beckett’s Excellence Continues to Be Overshadowed by Late-Game Drama From Red Sox [NESN.com]

Red Sox Outfield Illustrates Shift in Philosophy Away From Power to Speed and Defense [NESN.com]

Have the Twins Been Baseball’s Biggest Disappointment This Season? [NESN.com]

Red Sox Embark on Difficult Stretch of Schedule That Should Prove More Challenging Than the Last [NESN.com]

Red Sox’ AL East Lead, Jacoby Ellsbury’s Inclusion in MVP Talks Enough to Rile Up Yankees Fans [NESN.com]

Red Sox’ AL East Lead, Jacoby Ellsbury’s Inclusion in MVP Talks Enough to Rile Up Yankees Fans (Page 2) [NESN.com]

Red Sox Activate Jed Lowrie for Series Opener in Minnesota, Option Randy Williams to Pawtucket [NESN.com]

Ryan Kalish, Junichi Tazawa Make Returns to Pawtucket [NESN.com]

Josh Reddick Earning Right to Play Every Day, While Shortstop Trio Gives Terry Francona Plenty of Options [NESN.com]

Five key points from a dramatic Yankees series [Projo Sox Blog]

Kalish, Tazawa join PawSox [Projo Sox Blog]

Youkilis gets a day off, Pedroia next? [Projo Sox Blog]

Jenks hospitalized, undergoing tests [Projo Sox Blog]

Why Jason Varitek swung at a 3-0 pitch [Projo Sox Blog]

Wakefield takes third crack at milestone victory [RedSox.com]

Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

Photo credits: Getty Images, Getty Images