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Game 16: Red Sox at Twins

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 24, 2012 04:00 PM

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Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (5-10)
Aviles SS
Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Ross LF
Byrd CF
Shoppach C
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-2, 5.03)

TWINS (5-12)
Span CF
Carroll SS
Mauer 1B
Willingham LF
Morneau DH
Doumit C
Valencia 3B
Parmelee RF
Plouffe 2B
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (0-1, 5.56)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Blackburn: Shoppach 8-16, Youkilis 5-15, Pedroia 4-13, Sweeney 3-13, Ortiz 4-10, Aviles 5-10, Gonzalez 2-6, Ross 1-2, Salty 0-3, Byrd 1-2.

Twins vs. Beckett: Carroll 6-18, Morneau 4-14, Mauer 3-8, Burroughs 1-10, Span 0-6, Thomas 0-6, Casilla 1-3, Valencia 1-3, Willingham 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Franklin Morales has gone 20 consecutive appearances on the road without giving up an earned run.

Notes: The Sox have won six of their last seven, eight of their last 10, and 10 of their last 14 games against the Twins. ... Beckett is 3-1, 3.00 in five career starts against the Twins. Beckett is making only his second start in Minnesota, the first coming in 2009. ... Beckett has allowed four earned runs in his last 15 innings. ... Blackburn is pitching for the first time since April 14. He is 2-1, 3.21 in six career appearances against the Sox. ... The Sox lead the majors with 42 doubles and are tied for second with 60 extra-base hits. ... Ortiz is hitting .441/.477/.678 with 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs. ... Sweeney has hit safely in 12 of 13 games. His error in the eighth inning on Monday snapped a streak of 221 games without one.

Song of the Day: "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" by Bob Dylan.

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