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  • Series Preview: Twins @ Red Sox, 5/6

    The Twins continue their difficult road trip this week by heading to Boston to face one of baseball's hottest teams and co-owners of the best record in MLB. The Red Sox, 20-11 through their first 31 games, have surprised much of baseball by jumping to the front of the tough AL East division and staying there for the month of April.

    Boston has stayed atop the division with a balanced approach: at .784, they are second in the AL in OPS while their pitching staff has a 3.62 ERA, good for fifth in the league.

    The Twins, already just 2-4 on this road trip, now have to enter Fenway Park in a four game set in an attempt to salvage the road trip and get back to Minnesota with a .500 record. It won't be an easy task.

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/6/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Vance Worley:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 28.2 46 26 23 4 9 17 0 4 88.0 1.92 .362 7.22

    Clay Buchholz:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 44.2 27 5 5 1 16 47 6 0 105.0 0.96 .178 1.01

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/7/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Scott Diamond:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 4 4 0 0 22.2 28 11 10 2 3 13 2 2 90.0 1.37 .322 3.97

    Ryan Dempster:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 36.0 24 14 12 5 17 47 2 2 101.0 1.14 .189 3.00

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:00pm Central - 5/8/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Pedro Hernandez:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 5 3 0 0 20.2 22 9 9 3 8 9 1 0 86.0 1.45 .275 3.92

    Felix Doubront:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 5 5 0 0 27.0 32 17 17 1 14 31 3 1 101.4 1.70 .302 5.67

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/9/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 41.1 40 13 13 4 7 19 3 2 97.0 1.14 .256 2.83

    John Lackey:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 3 3 0 0 15.1 16 6 6 2 6 16 1 2 83.0 1.43 .258 3.52

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Josh Willingham 24 78 12 18 6 0 5 13 39 19 27 1 .231 .400 .500 .900 0.8
    Wilkin Ramirez 11 22 3 8 2 0 0 4 10 1 6 0 .364 .375 .455 .830 0.2
    Eduardo Escobar 19 42 6 14 1 1 1 5 20 1 3 0 .333 .349 .476 .825 0.3
    Trevor Plouffe 23 80 12 19 4 1 4 7 37 7 15 1 .238 .326 .463 .789 0.7
    Joe Mauer 26 105 12 30 6 0 2 9 42 13 23 0 .286 .364 .400 .764 0.7
    Jamey Carroll 12 28 6 9 1 0 0 3 10 3 6 0 .321 .387 .357 .744 0.1
    Oswaldo Arcia 15 51 4 13 2 0 2 8 21 3 14 0 .255 .296 .412 .708 0.1
    Justin Morneau 26 103 11 26 6 0 2 15 38 8 13 0 .252 .304 .369 .673 -0.0
    Chris Parmelee 25 82 9 18 2 0 3 10 29 9 25 1 .220 .305 .354 .659 0.0
    Pedro Florimon 20 53 5 13 2 0 0 8 15 6 10 2 .245 .328 .283 .611 0.2
    Brian Dozier 22 83 10 20 1 2 0 8 25 7 16 2 .241 .293 .301 .595 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 23 79 8 16 7 0 0 8 23 7 20 1 .203 .276 .291 .567 -0.3
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 25 85 12 10 1 1 1 9 16 13 31 3 .118 .232 .188 .421 -0.0

    Red Sox Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Mike Carp 15 32 5 13 5 2 2 8 28 3 11 0 .406 .457 .875 1.332 0.6
    David Ortiz 13 50 11 22 8 0 4 17 42 4 8 0 .440 .473 .840 1.313 0.9
    Jose Iglesias 6 20 3 9 2 0 0 1 11 0 3 0 .450 .476 .550 1.026 0.3
    David Ross 12 37 7 9 1 0 4 5 22 6 12 1 .243 .349 .595 .943 0.5
    Daniel Nava 26 91 17 26 5 0 5 19 46 12 20 0 .286 .385 .505 .891 0.9
    Mike Napoli 31 123 17 33 15 1 6 31 68 8 46 0 .268 .328 .553 .881 0.6
    Dustin Pedroia 31 119 18 35 6 0 0 12 41 20 20 7 .294 .396 .345 .740 0.9
    Jonny Gomes 23 50 6 11 3 0 1 2 17 14 15 0 .220 .391 .340 .731 0.2
    Pedro Ciriaco 11 24 0 6 1 1 0 2 9 4 6 2 .250 .345 .375 .720 0.2
    Jacoby Ellsbury 31 136 19 38 6 3 1 12 53 10 19 12 .279 .329 .390 .718 0.5
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia 23 77 10 17 6 0 3 8 32 9 31 0 .221 .302 .416 .718 0.3
    Shane Victorino 22 79 12 22 2 0 0 8 24 8 12 3 .278 .348 .304 .652 0.3
    Will Middlebrooks 30 113 16 22 4 0 6 12 44 5 36 0 .195 .233 .389 .623 -0.2
    Stephen Drew 20 66 6 12 1 2 1 9 20 10 22 0 .182 .286 .303 .589 0.1
    Jackie Bradley Jr. 12 31 5 3 1 0 0 3 4 6 12 1 .097 .263 .129 .392 -0.3
    Comments 531 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Chris Parmelee RF
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Oswaldo Arcia DH
      Aaron Hicks CF
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Vance Worley P)

      Red Sox:
      Jacoby Ellsbury CF
      Shane Victorino RF
      Dustin Pedroia 2B
      David Ortiz DH
      Mike Napoli 1B
      Daniel Nava LF
      Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
      Will Middlebrooks 3B
      Stephen Drew SS
      (Clay Buchholz P)
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Buchholz is 6-0 against Vance Worley who is 0-4. Sure looks like a potential problem for our Twins tonight.

      However... Buchholz is not going to finish the season 25-0... He has to lose sometime... Worley is not going to finish the season 0-20... He has to win sometime.

      That potential problem based on the records of the starting pitchers tonight is solved.

      Worley is due for a win and Buchholz is due for a loss.

      This one is ours... Now we get to watch the details of how it happens.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I've always believed that if you don't seek to reach beyond what you think is possible, then you will never do anything of value. I'll pick the Twins to win 3 out of 4 this series.

      Of course, if they don't, I'll deny I ever made this post.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Buchholz is not going to finish the season 25-0
      True. The season is fickle and Lady Luck does not smile down on the talented every time.

      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Worley is not going to finish the season 0-20
      True. Pitchers get removed from the rotation long before that.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I've always believed that if you don't seek to reach beyond what you think is possible, then you will never do anything of value. I'll pick the Twins to win 3 out of 4 this series.

      Of course, if they don't, I'll deny I ever made this post.
      You had the option of deleting in that situation, until I posted this reply. Now you need an admin for cover.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      You had the option of deleting in that situation, until I posted this reply. Now you need an admin for cover.
      Not at all. I'll just deny it and ignore the physical evidence to the contrary. Politicians do it all the time, and it seems to work as they keep getting reelected.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'd like the entire Twins team to take the field tonight with arms looking like vintage Lester Heyes.

      Arms gooped so thickly that they could catch fly balls with their forearms alone.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Shame they aren't at home, they could have run a suntan lotion promo. First 10,000 fans!
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Worley is not going to finish the season 0-20... He has to win sometime.
      Terry Felton would like a word with you.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Not at all. I'll just deny it and ignore the physical evidence to the contrary. Politicians do it all the time, and it seems to work as they keep getting reelected.
      OK. But never underestimate the leverage a small bribe to an admin can provide.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Twins have their two best pitchers going, so I could see 2 wins......as for reaching for the stars to be more than you are, I'm not sure that works if you are a fan and not a participant in the event, but let's hope your post has the intended effect, assuming you made any such post.....
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I really have nothing to say, I just want to take the Twins Daily post count lead from Seth.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I really have nothing to say, I just want to take the Twins Daily post count lead from Seth.
      Chief approves of this post.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      We are going to play Game 1 three times?
      We should be good at it by Friday.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
      We are going to play Game 1 three times?
      We should be good at it by Friday.
      Now I'm going to leave it that way just to spite you.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I really have nothing to say
      And yet you say it so well, 3935 times and counting.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I really have nothing to say, I just want to take the Twins Daily post count lead from Seth.
      It's good to have goals in life.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'd just be happy to stay in front of Ashbury and Chief in Post Count... It's gonna be hard and a lot of work.

      Catching Seth and Brock... It just can't happen... I can't even dream.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Mauer should have a wall like that at home. He'd leave a lot of marks on it.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'd be happy if two out of every three batters hit the wall.
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