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Red Sox vs. Twins lineup: Picking up where Mookie left off

One night after a walkoff, the Sox look to make it less interesting vs. Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins v Boston Red Sox
That man.
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The Red Sox (72-33) again look to wake up the bats when they face the Twins (48-54) in the third game of a four-game set tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

About tonight’s game: Rick Porcello (12-4, 3.93 ERA), fresh off a great start to the second half, will face off against Jake “Little Smell” Odorizzi (4-6, 4.37 ERA), who, if the extremely recent history of middle Twins starters against Boston is any indication, will be quite good today!

Mitch Moreland is finally back at first base and batting cleanup, and otherwise not much to report in the Sox lineup. The Twins did not trade their best hitter right before the game this time, which is also notable.

About last night’s game: Chris Sale dominated, the Sox took a lead into the ninth inning and Craig Kimbrel blew the four-out save, only to be bailed out by homers from Rafael Devers (in the 9th) and Mookie Betts (in the 10th), who hit his first walk-off jam, as the Sox pulled out a 4-3 win. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: 84 and no rain

Today’s reading: Matt’s spot-on bullpen take says my take from Tuesday is “spot-on,” so you should read it. Both. You should read both.

A good tweet:


Game 106 vs. Twins

Lineup Spot Twins Red Sox
Lineup Spot Twins Red Sox
1 Joe Mauer, 1B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Eddie Rosario, LF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Jorge Polanco, SS J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Brian Dozier, 2B Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Logan Morrison, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Miguel Sano, 3B Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Robbie Grossman, RF Eduardo Núñez, 2B
8 Mitch Garver, C Sandy León, C
9 Jake Cave, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Jake Odorizzi, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP