Red Sox vs. Twins: No time like the present for Felix Doubront

Jared Wickerham

Felix Doubront needs to hit his stride, and the Red Sox need him to do it as soon as possible.

After a disappointing walkoff loss in the series opener against the Twins, the Red Sox need Felix Doubront to find his mid-season form in game two.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX MINNESOTA TWINS
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Brian Dozier - 2B
Shane Victorino - RF Joe Mauer - 1B
David Ortiz - DH Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Mike Napoli - 1B Chris Parmelee - RF
Grady Sizemore - LF Kurt Suzuki - DH
A.J. Pierzynski - C Josmil Pinto - C
Xander Bogaerts - SS Eduardo Nunez - LF
W. Middlebrooks - 3B Eduardo Escobar - SS
Jackie Bradley - CF Aaron Hicks - CF
Felix Doubront - LHP Kevin Correia - RHP

The Red Sox had to feel like Jake Peavy was their best chance to win in this series, but we've seen how that turned out. Now they need Doubront to pick up the slack and at least put them in a position to take a series win.

That actually might not be as bad as it sounds. While Doubront's last two games haven't been good, they also haven't been bad. 11.1 innings, four earned runs, four walks, eight strikeouts. It's...serviceable. The same cannot necessarily be said for Kevin Correia, who had one very good performance against Baltimore and then a bunch of disasters. Hopefully the Red Sox can add to that.

First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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