Twins-Boston series preview
- June 16, 2014 - 12:21 AM
Three-game series at Fenway Park
Monday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kevin Correia (3-7, 5.60 ERA) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (1-2, 3.93)
Tuesday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Phil Hughes (7-2, 3.17) vs. LHP Jon Lester (7-7, 3.33)
Wednesday, 12:35 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.55) vs. RHP John Lackey (8-4, 3.24)
This is the final stop on the Twins’ three-city, nine-game road trip — the longest of the year. The Twins are 3-3 on the trip, losing two out of three at AL Central leader Detroit after winning two out of three at AL East leader Toronto. … They are 17-18 on the road and 12-6 against the AL East. … They took two of three from the Red Sox at Target Field in May, despite being outscored 18-16. … They have gone 3-1 at Fenway Park in each of the past two seasons but were 5-16 in the seven seasons before that. … They are trying to win the season series from Boston for the first time since 2006. … Joe Mauer (1-for-3) and Eduardo Nunez (1-for-2) are the only Twins who have faced De La Rosa. … Mauer is 11-for-30 (.367) with two homers against Lackey. … Kendrys Morales is 3-for-5 against Boston closer Koji Uehara; the rest of the active Twins are 0-for-21. … Hughes leads the AL in fewest walks, allowing 0.9 per nine innings.
RED SOX UPDATE
The defending world champions have been incredibly streaky; from May 15-June 7 they lost 10 consecutive, then won seven in a row, then lost five straight. They entered Sunday six games below .500 and eight games behind Toronto in the AL East. … They are 17-19 at home following a 3-2, 11-inning loss to Cleveland on Sunday. … They rank 13th in the AL in runs scored, with only the Yankees and Rays scoring less frequently. … Closer Koji Uehara is 14-for-14 on save chances this season and has converted 30 straight. … DH David Ortiz is 8-for-14 with four home runs against his former team this year, and 76-for-218 (.349) for his career, with 19 homers. … They are without LHP Felix Doubront, RHP Clay Buchholz, OF Mike Carp, OF Shane Victorino, 3B Will Middlebrooks and C Ryan Lavarnway. … Lester ranks sixth in the AL in strikeouts with 99. … In addition to Ortiz, their roster includes two other former Twins: C A.J. Pierzynski and LHP Craig Breslow.
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