Boston Red Sox (24-17) at Minnesota Twins (18-19).
Clay Buchholz vs. Vance Worley
-Buchholz is a career 3-1 vs Minnesota with a 4.54 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He is averaging a strikeout per inning over his last three starts.
-Morneau is 8-for-16 lifetime against Buchholz.
-Mauer is 5-for-13.
-No Twin has ever homered off of Buchholz
-Worley is 1-0 in two career starts vs Boston with a 3.00 ERA. He finally got his first win as a Twin in his last start despite give up five earned runs in five innings.
-Shane Victorino is 3-for-3 vs. Worley with a homer.
-Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-6.
Ryan Dempster vs. Scott Diamond
-Dempster is a career 2-2 vs. Minnesota with a 5.19 ERA. He 1-2 in his last three starts with a 4.50 ERA.
-Ryan Doumit and Morneau have both taken Dempster deep.
-Mauer is just 1-for-10 vs. Dempster.
-Willingham is 1-for-14 with three walks and three strikeouts.
-Diamond won his start vs. the BoSox which took place on May 7th. We went seven innings and only gave three hits. Diamond got gnawed up in his last by the Orioles. He surrendered nine hits and six runs in 5.2 innings of work.
-Boston as a team is a combined 3-for-23 against Diamond.
John Lackey vs. Pedro Hernandez
-Lackey is 7-6 in 16 career appearances against our Twins with a 3.53 ERA. He is 0-3 in his last starts with a 4.96 ERA.
-Mauer is 11-for-27 with two homers against Lackey.
-Oswaldo Arcia and Morneau have also homered off of Lackey.
-Hernandez has logged six career innings vs. Boston and he has been crushed by 19 hits and 14 earned runs. Amazing Hernandez is 1-0 in his last three starts with a 9.95 ERA.
-Pedroia and Victorino are both 2-for-2 against Hernandez.
The Twin took three of four games in Boston last week by outscoring the BoSox 31-18. Since then the Twins are 2-4 all at Target Field. The home stand highlight so far was Aaron Hicks’s first career multi-hit game of his career on Monday versus Chicago, which saw him homer twice. He also stole the White Sox’s momentum by robbing slugger Adam Dunn of a homer at key moment. The road is still very bumping and long but so far Minnesota has been better than expected.