The Twins need a solid start from Kyle Gibson in the worst way.

The bullpen was needed to pitch 5.2 innings on Thursday in a blowout loss to Boston. Because of that, Michael Tonkin, Buddy Boshers and Trevor May are all unavailable for tonight's game.

``All it takes is one game,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

With the bullpen suddenly needing a break, Gibson needs to step up tonight against the Red Sox. It's a tall task, considering how Boston is swinging right now.

But Gibson's best game of his career was pitched at Fenway Park on June 18, 2014. He shut out Boston for seven innings on two hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in a game the Twins lost 2-1. But Gibson received a game score of 81 on, the highest score of his career.

Molitor knew that Kurt Suzuki was going to get one game off this series, and decided that today was the day. There's nothing wrong with Suzuki (we always have to ask, because the ball finds him) and he will face David Price on Saturday.

Eduardo Nunez will play in his 500th career game tonight, and will do so as a designated hitter.

Twins are hitting .308 in their last 10 games against lefthanded starters.

Max Kepler's 20 RBI this month are the second most in baseball to Albert Pujols (22).


Eduardo Nunez, DH
Robbie Grossman, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Brian Dozier, 2B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Max Kepler, RF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Juan Centeno, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Red Sox

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Big Papi, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF

Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

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