Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (20-11)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.01 ERA)
Pitching: RHP Vance Worley (0-4, 7.22 ERA)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN Plus/ WEEI.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of Texas, including a 4-3 loss Sunday in which their batters match a season high with 16 strikeouts.
Notes: This will be the first time Buchholz gets the ball since an allegation of cheating clouded his last start against Toronto … Buchholz can match the best start by a Boston pitcher since 2007 as he tries to become baseball’s first seven-game winner in the opener of this four-game set … Fenway is the last stop on a 10-game road trip that will match a season long for the Twins (13-14), who started their travels 1-4 before a 4-2 win at Cleveland Sunday … David Ortiz owns a 25-game hitting streak dating back to last season and has recorded an extra-base hit in 11 of his 12 games this year, including his fourth homer Sunday … Ortiz is also hitting .335 in 47 career games against Minnesota, his original team … Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is batting .500 with four doubles over his last five games against the Red Sox and .342 for his career … Worley won his only career start against Boston, allowing one run, five hits, and two walks over seven innings for Philadelphia on June 29, 2011.