Three-game series at Target Field
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51 ERA) vs. LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75 ERA)
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Lance Lynn (4-5, 4.98) vs. LHP David Price (8-4, 3.76 ERA)
Thursday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Kyle Gibson (2-4, 3.27) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.70 ERA)
The Twins have lost the season series with the Red Sox in 10 of the past 11 years, including going 2-5 last year. They are 10-14 vs. Boston at Target Field. Each team has one player remaining who took part in the first regular-season game in the ballpark’s history, a 5-2 Twins victory on April 12, 2010: 1B Joe Mauer for the Twins and 2B Dustin Pedroia for the Red Sox. … Of the Twins’ three starters, only Gibson (1-2, 3.08) has ever beaten Boston, though Lynn owns a 1.89 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox. Lynn also was charged with the loss against Boston in Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. … RHP Ryan Pressly was drafted by the Red Sox in 2007. RHP Addison Reed played for Boston for the final two months of 2017, and OF Ryan LaMarre played five games for Boston in 2015. … The Twins rank 11th in the AL in runs with 290, but the 298 runs scored against them are sixth fewest. … RHP Fernando Rodney, who has converted 13 consecutive saves this season, owns 14 in 17 career opportunities against Boston, but has not faced the Red Sox since 2015.
Red Sox update
A 17-2 start has given the Red Sox the majors’ best record for much of 2018. Now 49-24, they now sit a half-game behind the Yankees. … Their 371 runs scored are second most in MLB, and their 263 runs against are third fewest in the AL. … RF Mookie Betts leads the AL in slugging percentage (.699) and ranks second in batting average (.340), fourth in on-base percentage (.419), second in OPS (1.118), second in runs scored (55), and sixth in home runs (18). … J.D. Martinez is second in home runs (22) and third in slugging (.635). … Pedroia is on the disabled list, having played only three games this year because of a knee injury. Former Twins All-Star Eduardo Nunez plays second base in his absence. … All three starters own 10 or more career victories against the Twins: Sale (10-6, 4.21), Price (10-3, 2.52) and Porcello (10-10, 3.90). Porcello’s six victories at Target Field trail only Justin Verlander’s seven for most by a visiting pitcher. … Closer Craig Kimbrel has converted 22 of 24 save opportunities, including 13 in a row.