The Boston Red Sox (33-38) complete their series against the Minnesota Twins (32-37), looking for a sweep. The teams play an afternoon game on Wednesday (1:35 PM start time) before heading west for a weekend series in Oakland.
The Red Sox got a strong start from Jon Lester, while Brock Holt continued to be the team's hero by scoring the only two runs of the game and making a spectacular play in center field in his first career start at the position. After Jonny Gomes lost sight of the ball on a routine fly to left field, Holt bailed his teammate out with a sensational tumbling catch that is sure to make highlight reels this week.
Boston has won 6 of their last 10 games, which equals the best streak of anyone in the AL East. They have also now brought their record at Fenway Park back to .500 (19-19) and will look make that a winning record at home this afternoon.
- John Lackey (8-4, 3.24 ERA) will be on the mound for Boston. His 11 quality starts are tied for 5th in the AL and he has the best run support of any Red Sox starter (4.29 runs/game – 26th in the AL).
- Jackie Bradley is back in CF to start today's game, with Brock Holt moving over to RF. Once Shane Victorino returns, the Red Sox outfield will become a bit crowded. Since Holt proved capable of handling CF when given the opportunity last night, you have to wonder if Bradley's days as an everyday starter are numbered.
- Stephen Drew is starting to look more comfortable at the plate and has at least 1 hit in all 3 games since returning to the lineup after his 6-game absence due to an oblique injury. He's raised his season average from .071 all the way up to .250 over the last 3 days.
- Manager John Farrell told reporters this morning that the team has yet to hear on the ruling of Brandon Workman's appeal to his 6-game suspension. His status is up in the air, but for now they are still planning on having him start on Friday.
- Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.55 ERA) gets the start for Minnesota. The second-year starter hasn't given up a run in 3 of his last 4 starts and has given up only 4 runs in his last 26 innings of work.
- Kendrys Morales had a hit in his first 6 games after joining the Twins earlier this month, but has gone hitless in the two games in Boston. He's 0-8 in the series without a walk and has a pair of strikeouts.
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