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Game 15: Red Sox at Twins

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 23, 2012 04:00 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-10)
Aviles SS
Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Ross LF
Byrd CF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 5.82)

TWINS (5-11)
Span CF
Carroll SS
Mauer C
Willingham DH
Morneau 1B
Doumit RF
Valencia 3B
Plouffe LF
Casilla 2B
Pitching: RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 7.20)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Marquis: Gonzalez 6-19, Ross 1-6, Ortiz 1-2.

Twins vs. Lester: Mauer 5-18, Morneau 5-16, Span 4-12, Willingham 2-5, Carroll 1-6, Casilla 0-3, Plouffe 1-3, Valencia 0-3

Stat of the Day: Based on run differential, these are the two worst teams in baseball. The Twins have been outscored by 27 runs and the Sox by 25 runs.

Notes: The Sox have dropped five straight. ... The Sox were 5-2 against the Twins last season. ... Lester is 1-3, 4.71 in seven career games against the Twins, 0-2, 5.84 in two starts at Target Field. ... Marquis is facing the Sox in the regular season for the first time since June 30, 2002 when he was with the Braves and started at Fenway. The Sox lineup that day was Johnny Damon, Carlos Baerga, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Shea Hillenbrand, Brian Daubach, Doug Mirabelli, Trot Nixon and Bry Nelson. ... Bry Nelson? That was his only season in the majors and he got in 25 games for the Sox. He played in Italy last season at the age of 37. ... Sweeney has hit safely in 11 of his 12 games at 16 of 41. ... The Sox were 5-10 through 15 games last season.

Song of the Day: "Minneapolis" by Bill Janovitz.

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