|MINNESOTA ( WORLEY )|
BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )
|961||MINNESOTA||+210||Ov 8.5,-120||+185||Ov 8.5,-115|
|962||BOSTON||-230||Un 8.5,+100||-200||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-12||+2.9||7-15||3.8||0.234||0.309||3.7||0.273||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||2-5||4.0||0.235||0.309||4.0||0.275||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-8||+3.8||12-8||5.3||0.264||0.340||4.0||0.231||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||4.3||0.250||0.332||4.0||0.272||0.345|
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||3-4||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-6||L||230||8 ov||U||6||9||0||13||6||0|
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-2||W||200||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||4||0|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||0|
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||9||0||12||6||1|
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||7-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||6||1||9||4||1|
|5/1/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||10-1||W||-125||9 ov||O||15||8||0||4||6||1|
|5/2/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||3-1||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||6||12||0||7||8||2|
|5/3/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||0-7||L||120||9 un||U||6||5||2||18||12||0|
|5/4/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)||1-5||L||120||9 un||U||7||9||2||10||8||0|
|5/5/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-4||L||150||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||10||0|
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Red Sox Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (12-14) at Boston (20-10), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Clay Buchholz has been among baseball's best pitchers this season. Monday night will be the first time he'll get the ball since an allegation of cheating clouded his last start.
Buchholz can match the best start by a Boston pitcher since 2007 as he tries to become baseball's first seven-game winner in the opener of a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox (20-11) are coming off a sweep at the hands of Texas - including a 4-3 loss Sunday that saw their batters match a season high with 16 strikeouts.
"Despite the early success that we've had, we knew this would be a tough series," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell should feel good about their chances to bounce back as his team has yet to lose with Buchholz on the hill.
Buchholz is 6-0 with a major league-leading 1.01 ERA and has gone at least seven innings in all six outings. However, his latest gem - seven shutout innings in a 10-1 win at Toronto on Wednesday - was followed by Blue Jays broadcast analyst Dick Hayhurst accusing him of having an illegal substance on his forearm and applying it to the baseball.
Buchholz said he applies only rosin to his arm.
"I put a little bit of water on my hip just to get it a little moist, because sometimes the balls they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table," Buchholz told the team's official website. "You have to find a way to get grip. Definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm."
With a victory Monday, Buchholz will match the 7-0 mark by Josh Beckett through his first seven starts in 2007 for Boston.
Fenway is the last stop on a 10-game road trip that will match a season long for the Twins (13-14), who started their travels 1-4 before a 4-2 win at Cleveland on Sunday. Minnesota starters were 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA in the first five games of the trip but were picked up by Mike Pelfrey, who allowed one run and four hits in six innings against the Indians as the team avoided a sweep.
"No one wants to get swept," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'd like to start winning series. That's our goal."
The Twins hope for a similar performance Monday from Vance Worley (0-4, 7.22 ERA), but he's shown few promising signs in his first season with Minnesota. The struggles continued Tuesday for the right-hander, who gave up six runs and 10 hits - including a career-high three homers - in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss at Detroit.
He'll now have to deal with David Ortiz, who owns a 25-game hitting streak dating back to last season and has recorded an extra-base hit in 11 of his 12 games this year, including his fourth homer Sunday. Ortiz is also hitting .335 in 47 career games against Minnesota, his original team.
Justin Morneau is batting .500 with four doubles over his last five against the Red Sox and .342 for his career. He's also 7 for 14 against Buchholz, who is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts against Minnesota.
Worley won his only career start against Boston, allowing one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings while with Philadelphia on June 29, 2011.
The Red Sox have won nine of 13 in the series but the Twins took three of four in Boston last year.
|Last Updated: 4/19/2018 11:37:52 PM EST|