Boston Red Sox (56-45) at Minnesota Twins (57-45), 7:10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Red Sox continue their season long road-trip as they
play the middle contest of their three-game set at the Metrodome against the
Minnesota Twins this evening.
Taking the hill tonight for the BoSox will be righthander Derek Lowe. He has
won three of his last four starts and will look for his third consecutive win
this afternoon. In his last trip to the mound on July 25th, the righthander
defeated the Yankees 9-6 at Fenway Park. In that contest, Lowe held the Yankees
to four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
The 31-year-old has not been very reliable on the road this season, posting a
5-5 mark with a 6.11 ERA in 11 starts. In 17 career outings, including three
starts against the Twins, Lowe is just 1-2 with a 5.30 ERA.
Brad Radke will take the mound tonight in hopes of keeping distance between
his Twins and the Chicago White Sox for the Central division lead. Radke has
won two straight starts and in his last contest he pitched seven strong
innings against the White Sox holding Chicago to just one run on three hits in
the 6-2 win.
Radke has had trouble in the Metrodome this season, posting a 4-5 mark with a
3.56 ERA in 13 starts. In 19 starts against the Red Sox in his career, the
righthander is 8-6 with an ERA of 5.13.
Last night, Jason Varitek went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored,
to lead the Red Sox past the Twins, 8-2. Gabe Kapler had three hits and drove
in three runs to back the strong pitching of Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo (4-7)
allowed eight hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings. He fanned eight and did not
walk a batter.
Twins starter Kyle Lohse (4-8) was ripped for 11 hits and seven runs over four
innings. Lohse is winless in two career decisions against the Red Sox. The
loss was just Minnesota's second in 11 games.
Manny Ramirez has a career batting average of .375 (23-for-63) against Radke
with six doubles and six home runs. Nomar Garciaparra has collected 14 hits
and three long balls against Minnesota's righthander in 37 at-bats.
The Red Sox sit 7 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the AL East division lead,
and a half game behind the Oakland Athletics for the wild card lead.
As for the Twins, they have a quaint four game lead over the Chicago White Sox
in the AL Central division.
Boston has struggled on the road this season, posting just a 23-27 mark, while
the Twins are 28-23 at the Metrodome this year.
Minnesota took two of three from the Red Sox earlier in the year at Fenway and
has won six of its last 10 versus Boston in the Twin Cities.