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Red Sox at Twins lineup: We might need another broom, people

The Sox can sweep their third series in a row with a win over the Twins this afternoon in Minnesota. We only use each broom a single time for some reason, too.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Have a(nother) day, Alex Verdugo.
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The white-hot Red Sox can win their 10th game in a row when they face down the Minnesota Twins in the final game of their four-game series this afternoon (1:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market) behind Garrett Richards.

After a rough start to the year, Richards bounced back a little with a 5 inning, 2-run performance against the Orioles the last time out, but this will be his first game against a team other than Baltimore, and might present a more difficult test. Of course that’s been true of more than one pitcher who has faced Minnesota in this series, and none of it has mattered. The Sox are hitting, pitching and fielding at a top-of-league level right now, and you love to see it.

Alex Verdugo led the way yesterday for Boston, and Alex Cora—who notched his 200th and 201st regular season wins as manager—sang the praises of the young outfielder, per’s Tom Westerholm:

“He’s still young, he’s still learning, but we’re very pleased with the way he’s playing the game right now,” Cora said. “I do believe he still can get better. We still going to teach him how to play the game.”

Damn! If he doesn’t know yet, that’s scary for the rest of the A.L. East. The Red Sox are already the first team in MLB history to lose their first three games and win their next nine; if they’re only getting better, maybe 159-3 really is on the table.

J.D. Martinez gets today’s game off to start, with Franchy Cordero manning the DH spot and batting eighth. Marwin Gonzalez also gets a breather, with Christian Arroyo at second base and Bobby Dalbec playing first. Here are the lineups:

Game 13 vs. Twins

Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Luis Arraez, LF
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Jorge Polanco, 2B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Nelson Cruz, DH
4 Rafael Devers, 3B Max Kepler, RF
5 Christian Vázquez, C Willians Astudillo, 3B
6 Christian Arroyo, 2B Miguel Sanó, 1B
7 Hunter Renfroe, RF Jake Cave, CF
8 Franchy Cordero, DH Ryan Jeffers, C
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B J.T. Riddle, SS
SP Garrett Richards, RHP Micheal Pineda, RHP