Game 34: Twins at Red Sox

Good afternooon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (21-12)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Ciriaco 3B
Pitching: RHP Allen Webster (0-0, 3.00).

TWINS (14-15)
Carroll 2B
Mauer C
Willingham LF
Morneau 1B
Plouffe 3B
Doumit DH
Arcia RF
Hicks CF
Florimon SS
Pitching: LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 3.92).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN Plus, ESPN/WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Hernandez: Ellsbury 3-3, Middlebrooks 1-3, Ciriaco 1-2.

Twins vs. Webster: No history.

Stat of the Day: The errors are mounting. The Sox had three in their first 17 games. They have committed 16 in the last 16, including eight in the last five.

Notes: The Sox have dropped four of their last five and now have a one-game lead on the Orioles in the division … Webster is making his second major league start. He went six innings against the Royals on April 21, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. He struck out five. Webster was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts at Triple A Pawtucket … Hernandez, 24, made his major league debut against the Sox at Fenway Park on July 18, 2012, when he was with the White Sox. It didn’t go well, as he allowed eight runs on 12 hits over four innings. The Sox hit three home runs (one by Adrian Gonzalez and two by Cody Ross). It proved to be the only game Hernandez pitched in the majors last season. He was traded to the Twins later that month for Francisco Liriano. Hernandez has appeared in five games this season, three of them starts … The Red Sox have scored 11 runs over the last five games, going 39 of 168 (.232) with 42 strikeouts. They’re 4 of 28 with runners in scoring position in those games … Ortiz has hit safely in 27 straight games at .423 with 17 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs. He is hitting .414 this season with 17 RBIs in 15 games, two in the last six games … Napoli is 3 of his last 23 with one RBI and one run.


Song of the Day: “Don’t Think Twice” by Susan Tedeschi.

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