Minnesota Twins(12-19) @ Boston Red Sox (15-18)
Carl Pavano(2-3, 5.84) @ Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33 )
1:35 PM EDT |Fenway Park (Boston, MA.)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
Minnesota: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, broken leg (Placed on the 15 day DL April 7th); Joe Mauer, bilateral leg weakness (Placed on the DL April 14th); Jason Repko, right quad strain (Placed on the 15 day DL May 2nd); Jim Thome, oblique strain (Placed on the 15 day DL May 3rd, retroactive to May 1st); Kevin Slowey, shoulder strain (Placed ont he 15 day DL April 9th); Delmon Young, rib soreness (Placed on the 15 day DL April 27th, retroactive to to April 19th)
Boston: Marco Sctuaro, strained lef oblique (Placed on the DL May 8th)Dan Wheeler, strained calf (Placed on the 15 day DL May 5th); Bobby Jenks, bicep soreness (Placed on 15 day DL May 5th, retroactive to May 2nd)
The Red Sox look to get a win against the Minnesota Twins on Mother’s Day as they welcome hyped prospect Jose Iglesias to the majors. Iglesias will take Marco Scutaro’s spot on the roster as Scutaro heads to the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for the Sox after pitching in relief for the first time in his major league career last Wednesday in a 13 inning loss to the Angels. Matsuzaka comes in with a 4.33 ERA and a 2-3 mark. The Twins counter with former Red Sox prospect, Carl Pavano. He has had a disappointing start to the season, posting a 5.84 ERA over 37 innings. Pavano was the key piece in the deal that brought Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox back in 1997 from the Montreal Expos. He’s coming off his third loss of the season, a shelling in Kansas City in which he gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jose Iglesias will not start for the Sox today, and it will be interesting to see how much playing time Terry Francona allots for him. Either way, it must be comforting for the team to know that their shortstop of the future is in the dugout.
- Denard Span, CF
- Trevor Plouffe, SS
- Justin Morneau, 1B
- Jason Kubel, DH
- Michael Cuddyer, RF
- Danny Valencia, 3B
- Ben Revere, LF
- Drew Butera, C
- Alexi Casilla, 2B
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- J.D. Drew, RF
- Jed Lowrie, SS
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Jason Varitek, C
-Iglesias was batting .253 with no extra base hits and four RBI’s in 87 at bats at AAA Pawtucket.
-Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel have good numbers against Matsuzaka: six for twelve and five for ten respectively.
-Matt Albers this season: 0.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 9 K’s on 10 2/3 innings pitched.
-The Sox are 8-5 in day games, 7-13 in night games.
-The Sox have great numbers against Pavano, with only two members of the team posting Averages below .313 against him. (Cameron and Pedroia.)
-Since 2003, Pavano has had only one season with an ERA under 4.64.
-Sox pitching has limited the third spot in opposing lineups to a .193 average. The spot Sox pitchers have had the most trouble with is 8th, with a .282 BAA
-Crawford is batting .407 in May.
Hope everyone has a great Mother’s day, feel free to stop by the comments section and share your thoughts on the game.