Game 34: Twins at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (15-18)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Crawford LF
Varitek C

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33)

TWINS (12-19)
Span CF
Plouffe SS
Morneau 1B
Kubel DH
Cuddyer RF
Valencia 3B
Revere LF
Butera C
Casilla 2B

Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


Notes: Interesting game for Matsuzaka, who has thrown only six innings and 102 pitches over the last 14 days. He is 2-1, 2.30 in four career starts against the Twins and is facing them for the first time since May 27, 2009. He has allowed two earned runs in 15.1 innings against the Twins at Fenway. … Pavano, once a Red Sox prospect, is 3-3, 6.09 against them in seven career starts, 1-2, 11.70 in three starts at Fenway. … Ortiz (5 of 9), Drew (6 of 13), Varitek (4 of 10) and Crawford (11 of 28) have hit Pavano hard. … Ellsbury has hit in 16 straight at 25 of 69 with nine doubles, 13 runs scored and eight RBIs. He has raised his batting average from .182 to .282. … Crawford has hit in seven straight at 11 of 27 and is up to .210. … Pedroia is 7 of 57 (.123) with 15 strikeouts and no extra-base hits in his last 14 games. … The Sox are 9-9 at home. … The Twins are 1-8 a Fenway since the start of the 2008 season.


Stat of the Day: After making seven errors in their first 24 games, the Red Sox have 10 in their last nine.

Song of the Day: “New Kid In Town” by The Eagles.

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