After a thrilling extra inning game that ended with Mookie Betts’ first career walkoff HR, the Red Sox take on the Twins for the 3rd game of the 4 game series.

The Yankees and Royals were rained out last night, so the Sox moved up 0.5 game to make it an even 5 game lead. Today was a day-night doubleheader in the Bronx.

After the bullpen faltered for the third game in the past week, the Red Sox are hoping for longer innings out of Porcello and perhaps a more comfortable lead. Last night, Thornburg had a solid scoreless 10th inning, and now has three straight scoreless appearances.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox, looking for win #13 on the year. That would put him at 2nd most in baseball. Scherzer leads the majors with 14 Wins. In his last start before the break, Porcello was roughed up by Toronto for 8 runs in just 2 innings. His first start coming back on June 23, was a 6 shutout inning performance against the Orioles, walking 1 and striking out 6. He has faced the Twins once this season, which was by far his best start of the 2018 season. In 7 dominating innings, he allowed just 1 Hit, striking out 5 and walking 1 batter.

This is Porcello’s 300th career game.

Jake Odorizzi takes the ball for the Twins. The former Ray is having a so so season thus far. His 4.37 ERA in 21 starts is pedestrian looking, as you see that just 2 years ago he had a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts, And the year before had a 3.35 ERA in 28 starts. While he’s doing a better job at limiting the HR ball as opposed to last year (30 in 143.1 innings, and 16 allowed so far), he is also set to mark a new career high in walks. So he has something in common with teammate Lance Lynn.

Odorizzi last faced the Sox last season, in 4 starts it was all favorable for the Sox offense.

(1-2, 5.87 ERA)

15.1 innings, 14 Hits, 11 Runs (10 ER), 3 HRs, 7 Walks, 13 Ks


Rick Porcello — Career vs Minnesota Twins in 30 starts, 11-10 with a 3.75 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 61 starts, 31-23 with a 4.46 ERA.


Minnesota Twins:

Ehire Adrianza – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Jake Cave —–

Brian Dozier – 8 for 43 (.186 avg) Double, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 Walks, 5 Ks

Mitch Garver —–

Robbie Grossman – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) Double, HR, RBI, Walk, 5 Ks

Max Kepler – 3 for 15 (.200 avg) Triple, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 Ks

Joe Mauer – 16 for 67 (.239 avg) 6 Doubles, 6 RBIs, 5 Walks, 8 Ks

Logan Morrison – 11 for 37 (.297 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 5 RBIs, 3 Walks, 10 Ks

Jorge Polanco – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K

Eddie Rosario – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) HR, RBI, 3 Ks

Miguel Sano – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Bobby Wilson – 4 for 13 (.308 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Ks


Jake Odorizzi — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 17 starts, 4-5 with a 4.45 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 9 starts, 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 7 for 27 (.259 avg) 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs, 6 Walks, 5 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 9 for 29 (.310 avg) 5 Doubles, Triple, 3 RBIs, 5 Walks, 3 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 4 for 21 (.190 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, Walk, 8 Ks

Rafael Devers – 0 for 2, K

Brock Holt – 5 for 20 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, Triple, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) Triple, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 7 (.286 avg)

Steve Pearce – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, Triple, HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

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