Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (14-18)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-3, 4.81)
Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (2-1, 2.91)
Game time: 1:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI
Notes: Fox figured they’d have two division leaders when they scheduled this game. Instead they get two favored teams struggling mightily. … Buchholz is 1-1, 6.57 in two career starts against the Twins. He faced them once last season, allowing two runs over eight innings on May 19 at Fenway Park. … Duensing is 0-0, 3.86 in two career relief appearances against the Sox totaling 2.1 innings. … Ellsbury has hit safely in 15 straight, the longest current streak in the American League. … The Sox are 8-9 at home and 3-5 on a homestand that has three games remaining. … The Twins have won three straight and the Sox have lost three straight. … The Sox have been outscored 25-5 in the losing streak.
Stat of the Day: Buchholz was 3-3 with a 3.82 ERA after six starts last season. He went 14-4, 1.95 the rest of the season.
Song of the Day: “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.