Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox
Tip-off: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
- Minnesota: Hernandez (1-0, 3.92 ERA)
- Boston: Webster (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
David Ortiz is doing a great job even when the Boston Red Sox aren’t. Tonight, manager John Farrell will change some things around.
Ortiz will try to further his hitting streak to 28 games while staying sizzling versus his former team as rookie Allen Webster makes his second career start versus the Minnesota Twins tonight at Fenway Park.
Boston (21-12) had won seven of eight before being swept in a three-game series versus the Texas Rangers over the weekend. After a 6-5, 11-inning victory against the Twins in Monday’s series opener, the Red Sox’s offense was held in check during a 6-1 defeat Tuesday that ended a six-game home winning streak.
Boston has scored only 11 runs over their last five games, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks and catcher David Ross each left Tuesday’s contest early after colliding with each other. Experts still don’t know if these players will be suiting up.
Ortiz went 1 for 4 and is hitting .423 during his streak that dates back to July 2. The 37 year-old’s hitting .414 in 15 games this MLB season after returning from an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the end of 2012.
The designated hitter, who was with Minnesota from 1997-2002, is hitting .433 with three homers and eight RBIs in his last eight versus his former team.
Even with Ortiz’s awesome performance, the Red Sox are slumping. Felix Doubront gave up six runs and 12 hits in just 3 2/3 innings of Friday’s 7-0 defeat versus the Rangers and Webster (0-0, 3.00 ERA) was called up from Triple-A on Tuesday after reliever Joel Hanrahan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
The 23 year-old Webster is starting in place of Doubront, who has a disappointing 5.67 ERA.
The Twins will start with Pedro Hernandez, who hopes this outing goes better than his last trip to Fenway.
The 24 year-old Hernandez (1-0, 3.92), set to make his fifth career start, earned his first major league victory after allowing five hits in five scoreless innings of a 7-2 win versus the Rangers on April 27, but he followed that up by giving up five runs and walking four over 5 1/3 innings of Friday’s 7-6 defeat versus the Cleveland Indians.