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Red Sox face Twins looking for answers without Pedroia

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Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Red Sox won 9-3 at Seattle on Sunday to improve to 26-13 on the road. It's the first time Boston has recorded 26 wins in 39 road games since 2002, when it had 28 victories through 39 games.
  2. The Red Sox went 5-2 against the Twins last season, taking two of three at Target Field. Boston plated 51 runs and clubbed 14 homers -- its most against Minnesota since belting 20 in 10 meetings in 2000.
  3. Xander Bogaerts, who has three home runs and six RBI in his last four games, is 30-for-63 with two homers, five doubles, 13 RBI and 17 runs in 14 games against the Twins since 2016. That .476 batting average is the highest in the majors for a player against any single opponent since 2016 (min. 50 plate appearances).
  4. Chris Sale allowed a run and two hits while striking out nine over 6.0 innings in Wednesday's 5-1 win at Baltimore to end a three-start losing streak -- his longest since 2015. In 10 starts against the Twins since 2015, Sale is 4-5 with a 6.12 ERA. Among the 15 pitchers who have made at least seven starts versus Minnesota since 2015, Sale's ERA is the worst.
  5. Jose Berrios gave up a run and seven hits with seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings last Wednesday at Detroit but was denied a win, as the Twins would go on to lose 5-2. He has yielded two runs or fewer in five of his last six outings, posting a 2.47 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.
  6. Eduardo Escobar had three more hits in Sunday's 4-1 loss at Cleveland for his ninth multihit game of June, and is now batting .420 with 12 doubles and 22 RBI since May 30. In that time span, his doubles are the most in the majors, while his average trails only Mike Trout at .422 (min. 25 plate appearances), and his RBI are one behind Evan Gattis for the most in baseball.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/19/2018 thru 6/21/2018

More than two weeks after he returned to the disabled list for a second time this season, the Boston Red Sox have no timetable for second baseman Dustin Pedroia's return.

Pedrioa underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee last October and began the season on the disabled list. He began a minor league rehab assignment last month and was added to the Boston roster on May 26.

But Pedroia lasted just three games, going 1 for 11 with a pair of walks, and when soreness in the knee remained, the team put him back on the shelf on May 30.

"It was a major surgery," manager Alex Cora said. "We didn't know what to expect, so we are where we are now. We're hoping that, yeah, he'll be back. When? We don't know. But I still believe he's going to contribute this season and he's going to help us to win."

Without Pedroia in the lineup, Cora has turned primarily to Eduardo Nunez at second base with Brock Holt getting 17 starts as well. Overall, Red Sox second basemen have combined for a .614 OPS and rank second-to-last in baseball with a minus-12 Defensive Runs Saved.

Nunez will likely get the nod again Wednesday night as the Red Sox continue their three-game series with the Twins at Target Field behind left-hander David Price, who is 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA over his last seven starts.

"Better fastball command, just commanding the baseball better," Price said of his recent success. "Making better pitches with runners in scoring position. That was a big problem for me in the times I struggled this year, just runners in scoring position. Four two-out runs in Oakland that day. All the runs were with two outs. Same thing my third outing against Tampa back at home. That was two-run outs as well."

Price is 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 games, 16 of them starts, against the Twins.

Lance Lynn, the Twins' scheduled starter, is starting to look much more like the pitcher Minnesota had in mind when it signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal during spring training.

Lynn slumped out to a 8.37 ERA through his first five starts but has gone 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts since, working at least six innings in all but two of those outings.

He struck out a season-high nine with just one walk his last time out but took his first loss since May 16 after the Tigers for tagged him for three runs in the seventh inning.

"You've got to get through the seventh there. I wasn't able to do it," Lynn said after the game. "Everything was still there. Just made one bad pitch and ran into a barrel. ... Ended up giving up three runs and it cost us the win."

Lynn has three career starts against the Red Sox, going 0-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 19 innings of work. He last faced Boston late in the 2017 season but did not take a decision after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Updated June 20, 2018

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