After his back-to-back four-hit games, Xander Bogaerts has the chance to become the first Red Sox player in 100 years to do it in three straight gamesas the Red Sox go for the sweep at Target Field 2:10 p.m.
The Red Sox have scored 23 runs in the first two games of the series, with the majority coming in Saturday's 15-4 win.
Rick Porcello (7-2, 4.04) makes his 13th start of the year for the Red Sox. The righty has a 4.00 career ERA against the Twins in 146.1 innings. He's done well at Target Filed, posting a 3.69 ERA against Minnesota in his 69 innings.
Rookie left-hander Pat Dean (1-2, 4.75) toes the rubber for the Twins.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanle Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Chris Young LF
Josh Rutledge 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Rick Porcello RHP
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Robbie Grossman LF
Joe Mauer 1B
Trevor Plouffe DH
Brian Dozier 2B
Max Kepler RF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Juan Centeno C
Byron Buxton CF
Pat Dean LHP
All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”
Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.
“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”
0:21 - With less than two week before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Red Sox don’t have all of the answers for their rotation. Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich project their Opening Day rotation and discuss the lack of depth in it.
4:39 - Will Boston’s version of the ‘Killer B’s’ return in full force this season? Lou and Evan analyze the performances of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.
10:07 - Buy or sell? John Farrell will find another managerial position this season; J.D. Martinez will have a better season than Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton; Dave Dombrowski has put the best possible team out there for 2018.
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