The Boston Red Sox open a 3-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field tonight after making a minor adjustment to their pitching rotation. Jake Peavy will get the nod on the mound in the opening game with Felix Doubront, originally lined up for this evening, moving to Wednesday.
This will be Peavy's 8th start of the year; he comes in with a 1-1 record and a 3.09 ERA. He's pitched into at least the 6th inning in every start, and has given up fewer hits than innings pitched in all but one game. His last outing, a 4-3 Boston win over Cincinnati on Wednesday, was a no-decision for him.
He will be opposed by Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco whose 5.64 ERA in his 7 starts this season might be a bit deceiving - he's posted back-to-back quality starts with a 3.09 ERA in his last two outings.
The Red Sox have won 6 of their last 8 games, and 4 out of their last 5, and come into tonight's game in 2nd place in the American League East, trailing Baltimore by just a game and a half. Should they win, it would be the first time all season they'll have won 3 games in a row.
At 17-19, the Twins are in last place in the American League Central Division. They're just 5-5 over their last 10 games.
Here's the Red Sox (19-18) lineup for tonight's game (first pitch - 8:10 pm ET):
1) Pedroia, 2B 2) Victorino, RF 3) Ortiz, DH 4) Napoli, 1B 5) Sizemore, LF 6) Pierzynski, C 7) Bogaerts, SS 8) Middlebrooks, 3B 9) Bradley Jr, CF Peavy, P
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