After coming a poor 2-5 homestand, the Boston Red Sox started this week on the right track by taking two out of three from the Tampa Bay Rays and by Friday are only one home behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
The Red Sox lost three out of four from the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park last week and will face at Target Field for a three game series this weekend. Since taking three out of four from Boston last week, the Twins have struggled by dropping four of the first six games on their current nine game homestand.
It will be critical for Boston to continue to play well against mediocre opponents like the Twins and Chicago White Sox they have coming up Monday-Wednesday at US Cellular Field. The Red Sox will need Buchholz to rebound after he allowed a season high four runs to the Twins last week at Fenway Park. Another key will be how Boston fares against the two handed starters in this series in Scott Diamond and Pedro Hernandez as the team has not played well against southpaws dating back to last season.
5/17 8:10 pm RHP Clay Buchholz (6-0 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Vance Worley (1-4 7.15 ERA)
5/18 7:10 pm RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4 3.75 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (3-3 4.08 ERA)
5/19 2:10 pm RHP John Lackey (1-4 4.05 ERA) vs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (2-0 5.79 ERA)
It’s been awhile:The Red Sox are playing their first weekend series in Minnesota since May 9-12, 2008 at the old Metrodome and first ever weekend series at Target Field. During that 2008 series, the Twins took three out of four from the Red Sox. Boston is looking for their first weekend series win in Minnesota since taking two out of three in May 2007.
Carp and Gomes Target Field Success:In only three career games at Target Field, Mike Carp has seven career hits in 14 at bats including two doubles along with a .500 batting average. Last season, Jonny Gomes hit .357 with two home runs and seven RBIs in only five games at Target Field while with the Oakland Athletics.
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