The Red Sox face the Twins in a Wednesday matinee at Fenway Park in the finale of their season series. The Sox are 3-2 against the Twins, taking the first two games at Fenway after dropping two of three at Target Field May 13-15.
Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Twins improved the Sox record at Fenway to 19-19, just the second time they have been at .500 this season. The first was after Friday’s win over the Indians. They have yet to get above .500 at home this season.
After the game, the Sox hit the road for a three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip to Oakland, Seattle, and Yankee Stadium.
• Dustin Pedroia has hit .348, going 71-0for-204, in his career against the Twins, reaching base safely in all 30 of his career starts since the beginning of the 2010 season. It is the longest active on-base streak as starter against the Twins, and longest ever by a Sox batter against them.
• Burke Badenhop is riding a career-best 16 inning scoreless streak, and has gone 30 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, giving up one unearned run in that span. It is the third longest scoreless streak as a reliever in Sox history, behind Koji Uehara’s 33 2/3 innings last season and Dick Radatz’s 33 innings in 1963.
• Manager John Farrell said it is still a possibility for Shane Victorino, who has been on the DL since May 24 with a right hamstring strain, to be activated during the upcoming road trip, but Victorino has not played much during his rehab assignment. He went 0-for-2 in Tuesday’s suspended game with Triple-A Pawtucket. He is 0-of for-6 in three games. Victorino will play for the PawSox again today, which is different from his original schedule, because of the weather-induced suspended game, which will be resumed today. His progress is somewhat incomplete because of interruptions in his schedule, Farrell said. The Sox would like to see Victorino in a full nine-inning game, which he has yet to do.
• Mike Carp, on the disabled list since June 2 with a fracture in the fourth metatarsal of his right foot after getting hit by a slider from David Hale in Atlanta on May 27, is out of the boot that had encased his foot. He began treadmill work on Tuesday and hopes to being baseball activity soon. Running on the field will likely come before that.
• The Red Sox announced that Grady Sizemore was given an outright release prior to the game.