Twins open weekend series with struggling Red Sox in BostonMinnesota Sports
-- The Minnesota Twins open up a four-game set with the Red Sox tonight in Boston. The Twins will send Scott Baker to the hill opposite of veteran knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield.
(Boston, MA) -- The Minnesota Twins open up a four-game set with the Red Sox tonight in Boston. The Twins will send Scott Baker to the hill opposite of veteran knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield.
Wakefield is making a spot start in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka who will now start on Sunday against Minnesota. The Twins come into the series with an 11-and-18 record after completing a two-game sweep of the White Sox on Wednesday. Boston comes in with a 14-17 mark. First pitch tonight is 6:10 p.m.
After tossing a no-hitter on Tuesday, Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano could get an extra day of rest. Manager Ron Gardenhire is considering bumping back Liriano's next start from Monday in Boston, to Tuesday at home. The 27-year-old right-hander threw 123 pitches en route to his first career "no-no".
The Twins added minor league catcher Rene Rivera to their roster yesterday. Rivera was called up from Class AAA Rochester and will be in uniform for tonight's game He takes the roster spot vacated by catcher Steve Holm, who was demoted to Rochester after Wednesday's 3-2 win at Chicago. Rivera was hitting 200 for Rochester with one home and six runs batted in. He has played 13 games for the Red Wings so far this season.
St. Paul native Jack Hannahan drove in a run and scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the 12th inning as the Indians held on for a 4-3 win over Oakland. Hannahan played high school baseball at Cretin-Derham Hall and college baseball at the University of Minnesota. Cleveland opens a three-game set with the Angels tonight in Anaheim. In other AL Central action, he Detroit Tigers took 3-of-4 from the New York Yankees, with a 6-3 victory yesterday at Comerica Park. Brennan Boesch hit a solo homer and drove in three runs, as the Tigers won despite getting just four hits. A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Yankees. But he ended up with the loss, giving up five runs – two earned – on three hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen. Rick Porcello got the win for Detroit. He’s now 2-2.