Thursday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Tyler Duffey (5-6, 5.23) vs. RHP Steven Wright (11-5, 2.78)
Friday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.12) vs. LHP E. Rodriguez (2-3, 7.18)
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.02) vs. David Price (9-7, 4.36)
Sunday, 12:35 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Tommy Milone (3-2, 4.71) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (12-2, 3.47)
Minnesota makes its only appearance in Boston this season, having won five of its past seven road games. … With a single in the third inning Wednesday, Kurt Suzuki has a hit in 27 of his past 32 games, batting .355 during that run. … Fenway Park is one of Joe Mauer’s favorite places to play, but he’s only batting .265 with three home runs and 12 RBI there. He likely will not start against Price on Saturday because of his .176 career batting average (6-for-34) against him. … Look for Danny Santana to start against Price. He’s batting .263 against him (5-for-19). … The call-up of Buddy Boshers after Neil Ramirez cleared waivers and was sent to Class AAA Rochester gives them a lefty who could be used in long relief or in situations against Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Travis Shaw or David Ortiz. … The Twins actually are 8-7 at Fenway Park over the past four seasons.
Red sox UPDATE
David Ortiz has 23 home runs this season, 468 with the Red Sox and 526 for his career. It’s hard to believe he’s retiring, but he’s convinced everyone that this is it. So these will be his final games against the team he broke into the majors with in 1997. … Boston’s bullpen is a beat up. Righthander Koji Uehara strained a pectoral muscle on Tuesday, and closer Craig Kimbrel is out after having his left meniscus repaired. But the Red Sox traded for Brad Ziegler with that in mind, and also hope to activate Junichi Tazawa sometime during the series. So they have late-inning options. … Dave Dombrowski, the president of baseball operations, is in win-now mode, having traded for Ziegler, Aaron Hill and Drew Pomeranz in recent weeks. Boston has responded by winning eight of its past nine games and overtaking the Orioles for first place in the AL East.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III