Good afternoon. Here's a preview of tonight's game.
RED SOX (53-54)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.75)
Pitching: RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.98)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Red Sox vs. De Vries: No history
Twins vs. Buchholz: Morneau 5-11, Span 4-10, Mauer 3-7, Carroll 0-3, Casilla 3-3, Revere 2-3, Willingham 2-3, Valencia 0-2
Stat of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez raised his batting average by at least a point every game from July 27 to Thursday, going from .290 to .302. He was 12-for-25 during that stretch.
Notes: Buchholz has not lost a game since July 14. ... The Red Sox are back under .500 for the first time since July 28. ... The Twins have won consecutive games against the Red Sox for the first time since 2009. ... De Vries made his Major League debut on May 24 and lost to the White Sox. He has made 10 starts. .... Gonzalez leads baseball with a .416 average with runners in scoring position this season. ... The Red Sox are 32-16 when they score first. ... Despite dropping the last two games, the Red Sox lead the season series vs. the Twins, 3-2. ... Manager Bobby Valentine is four games away from 3,000 games managed in his career. ... Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday for the Pawtucket Red Sox.