Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (53-52)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49)
Pitching: RHP Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Twins vs. Lester: Mauer 7-20, Span 5-15, Morneau 5-19, Willingham 2-7, Carroll 1-9, Valencia 1-6, Casilla 0-3, Revere 1-3, Doumit 2-3.
Red Sox vs. Deduno: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 3-0 against the Twins this season and 18-10 against the AL Central this season.
Notes: Here's a crazy stat for you: The Red Sox haven't won consecutive games started by Lester since May 14 and 19. ... The Sox are 8-13 in games started by Lester. He showed some improvement against the Yankees on Saturday (6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) in a victory against CC Sabathia. Lester is, oddly, 1-3, 4.96 against the Twins in his career. ... Deduno is a 29-year-old journeyman making his fifth big-league start. But the first four sure were good. Deduno has allowed two runs on eight hits in his last 13.1 innings. None of the Red Sox have faced him before. ... Middlebrooks has hit in nine straight at 13 of 33 with six RBIs. ... Gonzalez is .389/.407/.550 in his last 33 games. ... Lavarnway is starting a major league game for the first time since Game 162 last season. ... Ciriaco has hit safely in six straight at 9 of 23.
Song of the Day: "Summer Days" by Bob Dylan.