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Red Sox vs. Twins lineups: Rutledge starts against the lefty

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With a rare southpaw on the mound, the Red Sox have Josh Rutledge at third.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

With the lefty Pat Dean on the mound for Minnesota, the Red Sox will turn to Josh Rutledge at third base as they go for the sweep.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX MINNESOTA TWINS
Mookie Betts, RF Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robbie Grossman, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Joe Mauer, 1B
David Ortiz, DH Trevor Plouffe, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Brian Dozier, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Max Kepler, RF
Chris Young, LF Eduardo Escobar, SS
Josh Rutledge, 3B Juan Centeno, C
Christian Vazquez, C Byron Buxton, CF
Starting Pitcher -- Rick Porcello Starting Pitcher -- Pat Dean

Porcello looked a fair bit better in his last outing, though his numbers from recent months still don't look all that great. Much as with Eduardo Rodriguez yesterday, though, Porcello needs to do better against a team like the Twins than he has against teams like the Orioles and Blue Jays.

That didn't really happen on Saturday, and while the Red Sox may well be able to score enough against Pat Dean to make up for it as they did against Kyle Gibson on Saturday -- no guarantees there, Dean seems to be a bit better on the mound than Gibson at the moment -- having Porcello keep his place as another reliable pitcher would be awfully nice.

First pitch is at 2:10 with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.