After a rousing come-from-behind win last night, the Boston Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to four-games in the second game of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins tonight at Target Field.
Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 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. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.
Erik Bedard makes his second start in a Red Sox uniform and his 18th overall this season. In his previous 17 starts, Bedard is 4-7 with a 3.64 ERA. He picked up a win in his only start of the year against the Twins while he was a member of the Seattle Mariners, which is also his lone career Target Field start. In that start on May 25th, he allowed no runs while giving up six hits and a walk in six innings pitched. He’s made 11 career starts against the Twins and is 2-5 with a 4.18 ERA. Six of those starts have come in the Twin Cities where he is 1-2 with a 3.76 ERA.
Francisco Liriano makes his 21st start of 2011 for the reeling Twins. In his previous 20 starts, Liriano is 7-9 with a 5.03 ERA. He was named AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 where he made two starts against the Red Sox. In those two starts, he was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (5 ER/11.2 IP). He’s had a tough time against the Red Sox in four career starts as he is 1-3 with a 7.78 ERA (17 ER/19.2 IP). Two of those starts have come in the Twins Cities where he is 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA (12 ER/8.2 IP). He had been scheduled to face the Red Sox earlier in 2011 but was scratched with a sore throat and flu-like symptoms.
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Here are this evening’s lineups:
|1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF||1. Ben Revere||CF|
|2. Dustin Pedroia||2B||2. Joe Mauer||1B|
|3. Adrian Gonzalez||1B||3. Michael Cuddyer||2B|
|4. Kevin Youkilis||3B||4. Jason Kubel||RF|
|5. David Ortiz||DH||5. Jim Thome||DH|
|6. Jed Lowrie||SS||6. Danny Valencia||3B|
|7. Carl Crawford||LF||7. Delmon Young||LF|
|8. Jason Varitek||C||8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka||SS|
|9. Darnell McDonald
||RF||9. Drew Butera||C|
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Photo: Dustin Pedroia SI Cover [SOX & Dawgs]
Pedroia May Need To Look Over His Shoulder [SOX & Dawgs]
Centering further attention on Ellsbury [Chad Finn’s Touching All The Bases]
Pedroia on Ortiz: ‘I can’t imagine him playing for somebody else’ [Clubhouse Insider]
Red Sox shortstop uncertainty returns [CSN New England]
Report: MLB reverses call, gives RBI back to Ortiz [CSN New England]
Jacoby Ellsbury feeling no pain [ESPN Boston]
Aceves makes a little history of his own [ESPN Boston]
Ortiz awarded RBI after all [ESPN Boston]
Latest SI cover boy: The Muddy Chicken [ESPN Boston]
Bedard faces Twins in second start for Red Sox [ESPN Boston]
Baseball in the heart of the city [Extra Bases]
Get to know Jed Lowrie a little better [Extra Bases]
Red Sox and Yankees pull in viewers [Extra Bases]
David Ortiz gets disputed RBI back [Extra Bases]
Yankees Post Mortem [Nuggetpalooza]
J.D. Drew taking soft toss [Projo Sox Blog]
David Ortiz gets his RBI back [Projo Sox Blog]
Francona picks and chooses with conventional strategy [Projo Sox Blog]
Can A-Rod’s return help the Yankees level playing field vs. Boston? [Providence Journal]
Bedard looking for longer outing vs. Twins [RedSox.com]
All the parts in place for impressive Red Sox [RedSox.com]
Expect to see Phillies, Red Sox in World Series [RedSox.com]
Players of the Week, 8/1-8/7: Kolbrin Vitek & Chris Hernandez [SoxProspects.com]