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Game 46 Preview: Red Sox at Twins



The Red Sox will look to shake off the beat down they received yesterday and bounce back against the Twins at Target Field tonight, first pitch is at 8:10 pm. The Twins have the best home record for any AL team at 15-6 and will be sending out Mike Pelfrey (3-1 3.00) to start against the Sox and Clay Buchholz (2-5 4.58)

Pelfrey has had a solid season so far but has been a bit wild at times, he's hit 7 batters which leads the league and has had only one start this season in which he has not walked a batter. He's had three starts at home this season and is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA and will try to get his team closer to the first place Royals, who they trail by 2 games.

The Sox lineup once again couldn't score more than 2 runs yesterday and will look for David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia to lead the offense today at a park that they've feasted on since it's opening. Ortiz is hitting .475 in 15 games at Target Field with 9 homers while Pedroia has hit .390 and has a 10 game hitting streak.

Here is tonight's lineup:

Pedroia (2B)
Betts (CF)
Sandoval (3B)
Ramirez (LF)
Ortiz (DH)
Napoli (1B)
Bogaerts (SS)
Castillo (RF)
Leon (C)

Quick Hits:

- Mike Napoli was named AL Player of the Week. He hit .429 with 6 homers and 10 RBI's
- David Ortiz is in a tough slump as of late, the slugger is 2 for his last 23 and is batting .221 on the season
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