|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|911||MINNESOTA||+145||Ov 9,-120||+140||Ov 9.5,+100|
|912||BOSTON||-155||Un 9,+100||-150||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-13||+5.1||9-16||4.4||0.245||0.320||3.9||0.277||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.6||4-3||6.4||0.278||0.357||4.7||0.287||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-8||+4.8||13-8||5.3||0.272||0.345||4.1||0.232||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||2-5||3.1||0.243||0.318||6.1||0.317||0.388|
|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)||15-8||W||160||9.5 un||O||20||9||0||12||7||1|
|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||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|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||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||@ 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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Minnesota (14-15) at Boston (21-12), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox are still owners of the AL's best record, but they have some company thanks to a rough stretch - particularly from the rotation.
Dustin Pedroia will try to help get the Red Sox turned around by continuing his superb production at Fenway Park in the finale of a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins.
Boston (21-13) has dropped five of six thanks largely to the rotation's 7.98 ERA. The starters had a 3.00 ERA during a 7-1 run prior to this slump.
Despite the recent struggles, the Red Sox still have the best record in the AL, but they're now sharing that status with Baltimore and Texas.
Another poor start doomed Boston on Wednesday in a 15-8 loss, with rookie Allen Webster surrendering eight of the 11 runs that Minnesota (15-15) scored in the first two innings.
"A tough night from the mound. A number of pitches found their way to the middle of the plate," said manager John Farrell, whose Red Sox allowed 11 runs while splitting the previous two games with the Twins.
While Farrell hopes the pitchers can get untracked, Pedroia looks to continue his torrid hitting at home. The second baseman had his second three-hit game of the series Wednesday and is hitting .469 in his last eight at Fenway. He's batting .353 at home compared to .266 on the road.
The venue hasn't made a difference for Pedroia when facing the Twins. The three-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP is a career .352 hitter against them, including five multihit efforts in 10 meetings since the start of last season.
The Red Sox are scheduled to turn to John Lackey (1-2, 3.52 ERA), who gave up a homer on his first pitch Saturday and allowed two more runs while issuing three walks in five innings of a 5-1 road loss to the Rangers.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts against the Twins but hasn't faced them since 2010.
Minnesota is looking to build on its best offensive display of the season, getting 19 hits with six doubles and two homers. The 15 runs were its most at Fenway since getting 17 in a win May 25, 1965.
Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Pedro Florimon each had three RBIs while totaling seven hits - four for extra bases.
Morneau has a career .345 average against Boston - .455 with 10 RBIs over the past eight matchups. However, he's 8 for 33 with one homer versus Lackey.
Kevin Correia (3-2, 2.83) is expected to get the ball hoping to rebound from his worst start of the year.
The veteran right-hander allowed a season-high four runs and two homers in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Cleveland on Saturday. It was the first time this year he failed to complete at least seven innings, and it snapped a three-start winning streak during which he had a 1.64 ERA.
"I just didn't have command of my pitches like I did in my last couple starts," Correia told the team's official website. "I fell behind guys, and they took advantage."
His only meeting with the Red Sox was a scoreless ninth inning of relief with San Francisco at Fenway on June 16, 2007.
Shane Victorino is 6 for 14 against Correia and has five hits in this series, including two homers.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:06:37 AM EST|