Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
When: 8:10 PM ET, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Preview for Digital Sports Desk by Gracenote
MINNEAPOLIS – The Boston Red Sox look to extend their season-best winning streak to seven games when they visit the Minnesota Twins tonight for the middle contest of their three-game set. The defending World Series-champion Red Sox are a season-high six games over .500 after posting a 2-0 win in Monday’s series opener.
J.D. Martinez recorded a run-scoring single and Xander Bogaerts delivered an RBI double as Boston won a low-scoring contest after racking up 39 runs in its five previous victories. Martinez and Bogaerts each notched two of the Red Sox’s seven hits as Rick Porcello and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. The Twins have lost back-to-back games after winning seven of their previous nine and need to go 7-3 over their next 10 to match the best 81-game start in franchise history (54-27 in 1970). Jorge Polanco, who leads the American League with a .332 average, went 1-for-3 in the series opener and has reached base safely in each of his last 31 contests.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FS North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (4-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. Twins RH Michael Pineda (4-3, 5.04)
Price was fortunate to escape with a no-decision in his last outing as he gave up six runs and five hits in just 1 1/3 innings against Texas. The 33-year-old pitched well in his previous three starts, going 2-0 while allowing three runs and 14 hits in 18 1/3 frames. Price is 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 18 career appearances (17 starts) versus the Twins and has struggled against Eddie Rosario (5-for-9) while shutting down Miguel Sano (1-for-11).
Pineda is 2-0 over his last six starts, settling for no-decisions in each of his last three turns. The 30-year-old allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings against Seattle in his last outing, making it seven straight times in which he has given up three runs or fewer. Pineda is 5-5 with a 4.23 ERA in 12 career starts against Boston and has had difficulties with Mookie Betts (7-for-23, two homers).
- Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi (quadriceps) went 1-for-4 in the series opener after missing Sunday’s game against Baltimore.
- Minnesota CF Byron Buxton (wrist) could miss his fourth straight contest.
- Boston activated Hector Velazquez (back) from the 10-day injured list and Ryan Brasier from the bereavement list while optioning fellow RHPs Travis Lakins and Josh Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket.