The Sox are seeking a sweep. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (72-43)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (11-5, 3.23)
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.58)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: It’s just a day off for Pedroia. Don’t line up at the Braga Bridge. … The Sox have won four straight and 14 of 20. … The Twins have lost six straight. … The Sox are 5-1 against the Twins despite outscoring them by five runs in the season series. … Lester is 1-2, 4.67 in six career appearances against the Twins. He is 0-2, 6.61 in Minnesota in three games. … Blackburn is 2-1, 4.00 in five career games against the Sox. He allowed one run over 6.1 innings at Fenway on May 9. … Gonzalez has one home run since July 7, a span of 113 at-bats. … Scutaro is 8 of his last 11 with three RBIs. … The Sox are 35-21 on the road, 35-14 (.714) since April 20.
Stat of the Day: Ellsbury needs one home run to become the first Red Sox player with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. Johnny Damon had 20 homers and 19 steals in 2004.
Song of the Day: “Shine Silently” by the great, great Nils Lofgren.