The Boston Red Sox, winners of six straight, look for their first winning streak of more than six games since last July. From July 2 to July 12, they put on a ten game winning streak. Last night felt like an October game. It featured a pitching duel, with Porcello coming out on top (seven shutout innings), scoreless innings by bullpen (Brewer was bailed out by bunt/baserunning), and clutch hits.

Clutch hit being by Mr Xander Bogaerts who made it a two run game. Maddening that he is sixth in All-Star voting…. And yet Tampa Bay Rays outfielder had a conniption about big market teams like the Red Sox stealing votes away. What say you Tommy, about Bogaerts? He ranks 1st in just about every SS category.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox. Looking to keep the winning streak going, Price also is looking to bounce back after his worst start of the season. Lasting just 1.1 inning, Rangers bats got to him for 6 ER off of five hits, two walks and two hit batters (both Shin-Soo Choo). This has to be nothing but an anomaly. Before this start, he didn’t have any starts of allowing more than 4 ER. And the last start he allowed 4 ER was way back on April 6.

Michael Pineda takes the ball for the Twins. On the year, Pineda is 4-3 with a 5.04 ERA in thirteen starts. But he currently has a good streak going on. By the end of April, his ERA was 7.20. Since then he has rattled off seven consecutive starts of 3 ER or less. The one thing he has to watch is the HR ball. He has given up 14 HRs thus far, and last month saw him serve up three long balls in back to back games.

First Pitch – 8:10pm ET !!!


David Price — Career vs Minnesota Twins in 18 game (17 starts), 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA. Career at Target Field in 9 starts, 4-4 with a 3.08 ERA.


Minnesota Twins:

Luis Arraez —–

Jason Castro – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Jake Cave —–

C.J. Cron – 8 for 24 (.333 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks

Nelson Cruz – 9 for 31 (.290 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Mitch Garver – 0 for 2

Marwin Gonzalez – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Triple, RBI, 2 Ks

Max Kepler – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Jorge Polanco – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Eddie Rosario – 5 for 9 (.556 avg) Triple, 3 Ks

Miguel Sano – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Jonathan Schoop – 5 for 27 (.185 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks


Michael Pineda — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 12 starts, 5-5 with a 4.23 ERA. Career at Target Field in 10 starts, 1-3 with a 5.44 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 6, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 7 for 23 (.304 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 8 for 27 (.296 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) 3 Doubles, 5 Walks, 4 Ks

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers —–

Marco Hernandez —–

Brock Holt – 4 for 19 (.211 avg) Double, RBI, 5 Ks

Sandy Leon – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Double, K

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg)

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K

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