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Jim Monaghan
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Riding a five-game winning streak, and coming off a three-game sweep of the hapless Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox headed into Minnesota to face the team with the best winning percentage in the American League.

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It was a chance for Boston to send a message...to make a statement.

Following Rick Porcello's dominant performance Monday night at Target Field, consider the message sent.

Porcello (pictured) struck out eight Twins over seven shutout innings, as the Red Sox beat Minnesota 2-0 in the opener of their three-game set.

After a first-inning, two-out double, Porcello was perfect until giving up a lead off single in the fifth. Colten Brewer and Ryan Brasier each supplied a scoreless inning to nail down the win.

Red Sox assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister said after the game that it was his favorite game of the year to watch from a pitching perspective.  "It just felt like it was tense the whole time. It just had this drama to it.  It was 2 good teams.  They’ve been good all year and we’re hot right now.  It was a fun game to watch.”

J.D. Martinez gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI single that scored Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts delivered an insurance run in the ninth with a double that brought in Martinez.

David Price will take the mound Tuesday night in Minnesota against Michael Pineda as the Red Sox look for their seventh straight win.

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Jim Monaghan 6/18/2019 11:03:00 AM Edit
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