Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (4-10)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 5.82)
Pitching: RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 7.20)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Marquis: Gonzalez 6-19, Ross 1-6, Ortiz 1-2.
Twins vs. Lester: Mauer 5-18, Morneau 5-16, Span 4-12, Willingham 2-5, Carroll 1-6, Casilla 0-3, Plouffe 1-3, Valencia 0-3
Stat of the Day: Based on run differential, these are the two worst teams in baseball. The Twins have been outscored by 27 runs and the Sox by 25 runs.
Notes: The Sox have dropped five straight. … The Sox were 5-2 against the Twins last season. … Lester is 1-3, 4.71 in seven career games against the Twins, 0-2, 5.84 in two starts at Target Field. … Marquis is facing the Sox in the regular season for the first time since June 30, 2002 when he was with the Braves and started at Fenway. The Sox lineup that day was Johnny Damon, Carlos Baerga, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Shea Hillenbrand, Brian Daubach, Doug Mirabelli, Trot Nixon and Bry Nelson. … Bry Nelson? That was his only season in the majors and he got in 25 games for the Sox. He played in Italy last season at the age of 37. … Sweeney has hit safely in 11 of his 12 games at 16 of 41. … The Sox were 5-10 through 15 games last season.
Song of the Day: “Minneapolis” by Bill Janovitz.