BOSTON — A losing streak? It’s hard for the Twins to remember what those are. For the first time since May 10-12, Minnesota has lost back-to-back games, and for the first time since April 20-21, they’ve come against the same team. The Twins haven’t had a three-game losing streak since the season’s first week.

    But Paul Molitor said he doesn’t expect Wednesday’s first game, a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, to have any carryover effect on the nightcap, which starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

    “People have been trying to figure out momentum for a long time,” Molitor said. “I look at it as a tough loss, and trust more in our guys preparing to play the game.”

    Molitor will change his lineup for Game 2, with three players who sat out the first game — Joe Mauer (who pinch-hit and played one inning in the first game), Eddie Rosario and Chris Herrmann — getting starts in the second one. Torii Hunter will serve as the DH.

    Here are the lineups for Game 2, as the Twins try for the third time to clinch the season series against Boston:




Dozier 2B

Hunter DH

Mauer 1B

Plouffe 3B

Rosario RF

Escobar LF

Herrmann C

Hicks CF

Santana SS






Pedroia 2B

Holt RF

Ortiz DH

Napoli 1B

Sandoval 3B

Bogaerts SS

Betts CF

Swihart C

Peguero LF


Porcello RHP


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