Twins-Red Sox Preview

John Henry’s candid remarks failed to spark a Boston Red Sox offense that the 65-year-old owner called "painful to watch."

Maybe he lit a fire under the pitching staff instead.

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to build on a stellar major league debut when he takes the mound Wednesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

The Red Sox (23-29) acquired Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to add pop to a lineup that ranked 22nd in the majors with a .244 average, contributing to a second last-place finish in three seasons.

Ramirez (.255) and Sandoval (.249) are hitting well below their career averages, though, as Boston again ranks near the bottom of the majors with a .241 mark.

”Did this whole team become a collection of poor hitters? I don’t think so," Henry said while expressing disappointment with the club’s overall performance. "I think the production has been poor, and there are adjustments that need to be made.”

Tuesday spelled much of the same offensively, but Clay Buchholz’s eight solid innings helped Rusney Castillo’s RBI single in the seventh hold up in a 1-0 win over the Twins (30-20) in the series opener after Monday’s rainout.

The Red Sox had lost six of seven, and no starter pitched more than 5 2-3 innings during a three-game skid that was snapped.

”We all share in where we are today,” manager John Farrell said.

Farrell plans to stick with a six-man rotation at least through Sunday, leaving Rodriguez to take the mound. Rodriguez gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 5-1 win over Texas on Thursday in his first major league outing.

"It looks like he’s a guy who’s been here for five or six years, the way he pitched and the way he went about his work," Farrell told MLB’s official website.

The 22-year-old left-hander now faces the Twins, who completed a three-game home sweep of the Red Sox last Wednesday in Phil Hughes’ last start.

Hughes (4-4, 4.59 ERA) will oppose Rodriguez after giving up four runs in 6 2-3 innings of the 6-4 victory. He allowed a pair of two-run homers to Dustin Pedroia, increasing Hughes’ total to 12 homers allowed over 64 2-3 innings after he gave up 16 in 209 2-3 last season.

The right-hander is off to a disappointing start after going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in his debut season for the Twins in 2014 – the best of his career as a full-time starter. Hughes’ ERA while going 4-0 over his last five starts (4.64) is worse than when he went 0-4 over his first five (4.55).

Pedroia is hitting .342 with five homers – his most off any pitcher – and three doubles lifetime against Hughes, who went 2-3 with a 7.06 ERA in six starts at Fenway Park through 2012 while with the Yankees before allowing two runs in eight innings of a 2-1 loss there June 17.

Minnesota has scored just twice during a four-game skid in Boston it hopes to snap before Trevor May takes the mound in the second game.

May (3-3, 5.07) gave up one run in the first five innings Friday against Toronto, then allowed a three-run homer to Josh Donaldson in his sixth and final inning of a 6-4 loss.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA over his last four outings.

”Kind of being behind guys, not really getting ahead or commanding anything very well," May said. "Those are the things that happen eventually when you kind of don’t really get any flow going.”

May has never faced the Red Sox, who will counter with Rick Porcello in Game 2.

Porcello (4-4, 5.37) is coming off back-to-back rough starts, allowing seven runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on May 22 before giving up six runs in seven innings of Wednesday’s loss to the Twins.

The right-hander allowed a two-run homer to Aaron Hicks in the fourth and a solo shot to Eddie Rosario in the sixth. Porcello has allowed five homers and has walked seven over his last three starts.

Porcello is 1-3 with a 6.17 ERA over his last six starts against the Twins.