|MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )|
BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )
|915||MINNESOTA||+170||Ov 9,-110||+170||Ov 9,-105|
|916||BOSTON||-180||Un 9,-110||-180||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-13||+1.9||8-15||3.9||0.234||0.311||3.8||0.279||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.6||3-4||4.0||0.228||0.309||4.9||0.305||0.350|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-3||+4||4-6||4.1||0.267||0.340||3.0||0.239||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||4.3||0.265||0.343||4.6||0.277||0.357|
|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)||5-6||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||17||7||1|
|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||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||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|
|5/14/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (13-14) at Boston (20-11), 7:10 p.m. EDT
With Ryan Dempster on the mound and their longest slide of the season in the past, the Boston Red Sox are poised to continue their success at home.
Dempster tries to win his third consecutive start and help the Red Sox extend their home winning streak to seven games Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.
After being held to four runs and 18 hits while being swept in a three-game set at Texas, Boston (21-11) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to beat Minnesota 6-5 in 11 innings Monday at Fenway Park. Stephen Drew homered and doubled home the winner after closer Joel Hanrahan gave up a tying home run to Brian Dozier in the ninth, then left the same inning with tightness in his right arm.
"It was a good night," said Drew, who had four hits to raise his average from .182 to .225 - the first time it's been above .200 this season. "Everybody battles."
Among the majors' top teams with a 12-5 home record, the Red Sox have averaged 6.7 runs during their longest Fenway winning streak since a nine-game run July 5-24, 2011.
"We're just trying to have fun," Drew said.
Boston's Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia each homered and had three hits apiece. Pedroia, who homered for the first time since Sept. 11, is 4 for 8 in two games after going 0 for 13 in the previous three.
With a double Monday, ex-Twin David Ortiz is batting .430 during a 26-game hitting streak that dates to last season.
Dempster (2-2, 3.00 ERA), meanwhile, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five starts, and three with eight hits over 12 innings of the last two. The right-hander gave up a leadoff homer to Toronto's Brett Lawrie and three other hits in six innings of a 3-1 road win Thursday.
"He doesn't give in," manager John Farrell said of Dempster, who retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced. "He didn't have his best stuff overall (Thursday) but he uses the whole count when he needs to and he's got the knack to not let the game speed up on him and try to reach back and just go with sheer velocity."
Pitching for the Chicago Cubs and Texas last season, Dempster went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Twins.
Dozier, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham each had two hits Monday for Minnesota (13-15), which has lost eight of 12.
"We had opportunities. They had some opportunities, and finally they get the big hit there," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team is 2-5 on a 10-game strip. "A tough ballgame for us."
Dozier, Mauer and Willingham are a combined 1 for 22 versus Dempster.
Minnesota's Scott Diamond (2-2, 3.97) looks for a fourth straight strong start as he faces Boston for the first time. The left-hander, who opened the season on the disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery, gave up two runs and four hits in six innings of a 6-2 win at Detroit on Wednesday.
"I felt like I had a lot better stuff," said Diamond, who has lasted at least six innings in three straight starts since going 4 1-3 frames in his season debut April 13. "(It) was a big step in the progression toward getting back."
One day after Boston reliever Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL with a strained right biceps, Hanrahan will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:36:41 AM EST|