Rubby De La Rosa could give the Sox' bullpen the boost it needs in the second half. Photo by Kelly O'Connor,

Rubby De La Rosa could give the Sox’ bullpen the boost it needs in the second half. Photo by Kelly O’Connor,

Runs were hard to come by in the Red Sox and Twins series opener on Monday night. While the pitching match-up of Rubby De La Rosa and Kevin Correia doesn’t sound like your prototypical pitchers duel, both starters battled like a couple of aces. In his third start of the season, De La Rosa tossed 7 shutout innings and allowed just one hit and 3 walks. For the Twins, Correia allowed a 5th inning run on an A.J. Pierzynski sac fly but was otherwise unblemished over 6 innings of 5 hit work. In the 9th, Koji Uehara retired the middle of the Twins order and secured a 1-0 Red Sox win.

  • The Red Sox 8-16 record in one-run games this season really helps to explain the current state of the team. Statistically the offense has been able to get runners on-base at a respectable level, but driving those runners in has been an issue for the Red Sox. With more rotation stability and a reliable bullpen the Red Sox need their offense to start clicking. (Red Sox lead American League in one-run losses)
  • The Red Sox and first round selection Michael Chavis agreed to terms on Monday. The infielder was originally committed to play baseball at the University of Clemson, but elected to join the MLB after Boston took him with the 26th overall selection. (Red Sox reach agreement with first-round pick Michael Chavis)
  • Tweet of the day: Badenhop is rapidly becoming one of my favorite players.