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Postgame: Thoughts on first place, the bullpen and Hicks

Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 6-4 victory over the Red Sox:

YOUR FIRST PLACE MINNESOTA TWINS: Yup, with the Twins winning and Kansas City losing. Both teams sit at the top of the AL Central with 28-18 records. The Twins are the hottest team in the AL right now and play host to Toronto this weekend. ``It's all about perspective,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``We certainly enjoy the fact that our fortunes have been good as of late. The only day the standings matter is the last day of the season,  we all know that. We're pitching well, our offense has been rolling, our defense is coming around. There's a lot of things to be optimistic about. We keep preaching, all you have is the next game.''

BOYER RESTS: Blaine Boyer had pitched in three of the last four games, so Molitor was determined to give him a day off on Wednesday. So Boyer took it easy as Ryan Pressly Aaron Thompson and Michael Tonkin got through the eighth. It wasn't clean, Pressly got two outs, Thompson gave up a single and was replaced with Tonkin, who walked Hanley Ramirez and suddenly was looking at David Ortiz as the potential lead run. But Tonkin got Ortiz to tap to third to end the inning. ``We has to mix and match with the bullpen a little bit,'' Molitor said. That shows you how much he trusts Boyer, because he would have faced righties and lefties in that inning, while Molitor matched up with the other relievers.

HICKS HOMERS: He's stolen potential runs with his glove, so it's about time Aaron Hicks drove in some runs. His two-run homer in the fourth made it 5-2 and was needed as Dustin Pedroia ended up with a second., two-run homer later. It was Hicks' first homer in 196 plat appearances going back to April 24 of last season. ``I was looking for something offspeed there,'' Hicks said, ``Normally when there is a runner on first or in scoring position they go to the offspeed. So I waited for the change up, got one up in the zone and didn't miss it.''

Twins go for sweep with Hughes on the mound


It's a glorious morning here at Target Field. And it promises to be an even better afternoon. Why aren't you here?

The Twins are going for their first sweep of Boston since 2006.

They have scored first in nine straight games and have scored in the first inning in seven of their last eight.

They have scored exactly 100 runs in the first three innings, tied with Texas for the best in baseball.

They have walked 107 batters for the season, tied for the second fewest in baseball.

Phil Hughes has not lost since April 24 at Seattle - and he gave up two runs over eight innings in that game. He has not lost in his last five outings and has pitched into the seventh inning in his last three.

But Mike Napoli (.400), David Ortiz (.345) and Dustin Pedroia (.314) have had success against him.

Torii Hunter is batti ng .429 against Rick Porcello, and Brian Dozier is batting .292 with three home runs against him.

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Hanley Ramirez, LF
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Xander Boagaerts, SS
Brock Holt, RF
Blake Swihart, C

Rick Porcello, RHP


Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Eduardo Escobar, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Chris Herrmann, C
Aaron Hicks, CF
Danny Santana, SS

Phil Hughes, RHP

Final, 5/27 R H E
Boston 21-26 4 7 0
Minnesota 28-18 6 8 0

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