|MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )|
BOSTON ( WEBSTER )
|965||MINNESOTA||+160||Ov 9,-115||+160||Ov 9,-120|
|966||BOSTON||-170||Un 9,-105||-170||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-13||+3.5||8-16||4.0||0.234||0.309||3.7||0.274||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1||3-4||4.4||0.233||0.320||4.4||0.293||0.337|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-4||+2.3||4-7||3.8||0.257||0.328||3.3||0.238||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||2-5||3.4||0.251||0.325||4.1||0.268||0.348|
|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)||6-1||W||160||9 un||U||8||6||0||4||3||3|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||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||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS 11th graf to reflect Hernandez making fifth career start sted fourth.)
*Twins-Red Sox Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (13-15) at Boston (21-11), 7:10 p.m. EDT
David Ortiz's hitting streak is rolling along even if the Boston Red Sox are not, and manager John Farrell has decided to make some changes.
Ortiz looks to extend his hitting streak to 28 games while staying hot against his former team as rookie Allen Webster makes his second career start against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Boston (21-12) had won seven of eight before being swept in a three-game series at Texas over the weekend. After a 6-5, 11-inning win over Minnesota in Monday's series opener, the Red Sox's offense was held in check during a 6-1 loss Tuesday that ended a six-game home winning streak.
They've scored only 11 runs over their last five games, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks and catcher David Ross each left Tuesday's contest early after colliding with each other. They are both uncertain for this game.
Ortiz went 1 for 4 and is hitting .423 during his streak that dates back to July 2. He's hitting .414 in 15 games this season after returning from an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the end of 2012.
The designated hitter, who was with the Twins from 1997-2002, is hitting .433 with three homers and eight RBIs in his last eight versus his former team.
Boston is slumping, though, despite Ortiz's hot hitting. Felix Doubront gave up six runs and 12 hits in just 3 2-3 innings of Friday's 7-0 loss to Texas, and Webster (0-0, 3.00 ERA) was called up from Triple-A on Tuesday after reliever Joel Hanrahan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Webster is starting in place of Doubront, who has a disappointing 5.67 ERA.
Farrell had high praise for Webster, who is rated as one of Boston's top prospects after coming over in last season's blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander gave up three runs in six innings of Boston's 5-4, 10-inning loss to Kansas City in his major league debut April 21.
"I think everyone looks forward to seeing that guy on the mound," Farrell told the team's official website. "He's got great stuff. He showed he's got very good poise in the first outing that he made for us."
Minnesota will counter with a youngster of its own in 24-year-old Pedro Hernandez, who hopes this outing goes better than his last trip to Fenway.
Hernandez (1-0, 3.92), set to make his fifth career start, earned his first major league win after allowing five hits in five scoreless innings of a 7-2 victory over Texas on April 27, but he followed that up by giving up five runs and walking four over 5 1-3 innings of Friday's 7-6 loss to Cleveland.
The left-hander will be returning the site of his first career start July 18, when he gave up eight runs and 12 hits in four innings of a 10-1 defeat while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
Jacoby Ellsbury, hitting just .161 in his last eight versus Minnesota, went 3 for 3 off Hernandez in that contest.
The Twins (14-15), though, have won four of their last six at Fenway after Ryan Doumit went 2 for 4 and hit his first homer of the season Tuesday. They improved to 3-5 on a 10-game road trip that concludes with Thursday's series finale.
Joe Mauer, hitting .368 over his last 10 against the Red Sox, has hit safely in six straight games.
|Last Updated: 1/19/2018 11:32:21 PM EST|