Game 44: Red Sox at Twins

Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (26-17)
Victorino CF
Gomes LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Ciriaco SS
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-4, 4.05).

TWINS (18-21)
Carroll 2B
Mauer C
Morneau 1B
Plouffe 3B
Arcia DH
Ramirez LF
Parmelee RF
Hicks CF
Florimon SS
Pitching: LHP Pedro Hernandez (2-0, 5.79).

Game time: 2:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Weather report: Scattered thunderstorms are predicted for the area, some potentially severe. The Sox do not return to Minnesota this season, so every effort would be made to play the game.

Red Sox vs. Hernandez: Elllsbury 3-5. Ciriaco 1-3. Middlebrooks 1-3. Ortiz 0-2, Pedroia 2-2, Victorino 2-2, Drew 1-1, Gomes 1-1, Napoli 0-1, Salty 1-1.


Twins vs. Lackey: Morneau 9-35, Mauer 11-27, Willingham 0-6, Carroll 0-4, Dozier 0-4, Arcia 2-3, Doumit 0-2, Florimon 1-3, Hicks 1-3, Plouffe 0-3.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 4-1 on their road trip with four games to play. The bullpen has allowed one run over 18 innings and struck out 15.

Notes: The Sox have won four straight and the Twins have lost four straight. … The Sox have the third best record in the American League behind the Rangers (28-15) and Yankees (27-16). … The Sox are 13-7 on the road, outscoring their opponents 110-71. … Lackey faced the Twins on May 9 at Fenway, allowing one earned run in seven innings. That was the game his throwing error cost the Sox four runs and the game. … Lackey is 7-6, 3.53 in 16 starts against the Twins. … Hernandez has faced the Sox twice in his career with bad results: 6 IP, 19 H, 14 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 HR. He started at Fenway on May 8 and allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings. … The Sox have played eight consecutive games without an error. … Every game on the road trip so far has lasted at least three hours and 14 minutes. … The Sox are 27-18 against the Twins since the start of the 2007. A victory today would give the Sox the season series for seven consecutive years. … Ellsbury has played every inning of every game. Farrell has said he wants to give all the regulars a day off on this road trip.


Hot Sox: Pedroia has hit in 10 straight at 19 of 40 with five doubles, 11 runs and five RBIs. His batting average has climbed from .299 to .341. … Ortiz has hit in six straight at 10 of 23 with 12 RBIs. He is 19 of 38 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 10 games at Target Field. … Jonny Gomes in his last three games with a plate appearance: two hits, four runs, three walks, one sacrifice fly. … Nava has reached base safely in 28 of 36 games. He has 27 RBIs in 142 plate appearances. He had 59 RBIs in 505 plate appearances in the first two seasons of his career. … Salty is 10 of his last 28 with five extra-base hits. … Alex Wilson has allowed only two earned runs over 14.1 innings since being called up.

Song of the Day: “You Love The Thunder” by Jackson Browne.

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