Good afternoon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game.
RED SOX (53-54)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.75)
Pitching: RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.98)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
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.
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.