Game 108: Twins at Red Sox

Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game.

RED SOX (53-54)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia DH
Aviles SS
Shoppach C
Punto 3B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.75)

TWINS (46-60)
Span CF
Revere RF
Mauer 1B
Morneau DH
Doumit C
Mastroianni LF
Dozier SS
Casilla 2B
Carroll 3B
Pitching: RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.98)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

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.

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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.

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