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Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez named Red Sox probable pitchers for London series vs. Yankees

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Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez named Red Sox probable pitchers for London series vs. Yankees

Next weekend, the Red Sox will fly across the pond to take on the Yankees in London. The two-game set will mark the first two MLB games ever to be played in Europe.

Manager Alex Cora announced on Friday the two Sox starters expected to take the hill for the much-anticipated series are Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. The plan is for both pitchers to be on six days rest.

That means with Porcello scheduled to start this Sunday vs. the Blue Jays, the right-hander likely will open the London series on Saturday. Rodriguez will start Game 2 on Sunday.

Both hurlers have been inconsistent so far this season. Porcello currently has a 4-5 record and 5.34 ERA, while E-Rod sits at 8-4 with a 4.71 ERA.

The Yankees have not yet announced their starting pitchers for the series.

First pitch for Saturday's matchup is set for 1:10 p.m. ET. Sunday's game will start bright and early at 10:10 a.m. ET.

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

After a four-game sweep of the 50-loss Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox will be tested with a series in Minnesota against the 47-win Twins. 

Boston is just 16-23 against teams above .500, and the Twins currently lead the AL Central by 10 games. As a team, Minnesota leads the major leagues in batting average and home runs and has won seven of their last 10. 

On Monday night, Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) gets the nod for Boston, while Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins. The Red Sox trail both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees by five games for the division lead, and the Yankees and Rays begin their own three-game series tonight. 

Below are the complete starting lineups for Boston and Minnesota: 

Boston Red Sox: 
Mookie Betts, RF
Andre Benintendi, LF
J.D. Martinez, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, P

Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Jose Berrios, P

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Even their walkoff wins are boring, but Red Sox will take it over the alternative

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Even their walkoff wins are boring, but Red Sox will take it over the alternative

BOSTON -- Leave it to the Red Sox to turn the most exciting moment in baseball -- the walkoff -- into a snoozer.

Not that they're complaining, mind you. A win is a win, and at this point, they'd happily fish a rotting one out of the disposal and put it on the mantel.

On Wednesday, they crawled back to a game over .500 with a 4-3 victory over the Rangers that, per their idiom, as Monty Python might say, wasn't easy or pretty or particularly inspiring.

They blew a 3-2 lead in the eighth on a hit batter, sacrifice bunt/E-2, and sacrifice fly. But this time they didn't fold, loading the bases in the ninth against Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez on a booming double by Christian Vazquez, single by Jackie Bradley Jr., and walk to Michael Chavis before Mookie Betts quite literally walked it off with a base on balls that may not have provided scintillating drama, but at least saw the Red Sox end a skid of five losses in six games.

"We need every win we can get right now," said starter Rick Porcello. "We're trying to create some momentum, get rolling here. Hopefully, we can reel off a couple in a row and get things headed in the right direction again."

Porcello did his part, allowing a pair of first-inning runs and then silencing the Rangers thereafter, departing with two outs in the seventh and a 3-2 lead. He provided a reminder that if the Red Sox could either (a) get Nathan Eovaldi back, or (b) stop sending Triple-A flotsam to the mound every five days in his place, they might be able to ride their starting pitching a little bit, or at least the top three of David Price, Chris Sale, and Porcello.

"Yeah, I mean, this is a game that everybody kind of knew we needed to win and Rick went out there and after that first, he threw the ball really well and gave us a shot to win," said left fielder Andrew Benintendi, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. "Yeah, this is a big win, so hopefully we can build off of it."

It would be nice to sit here and claim the Red Sox have turned some corner, but this one was a struggle, and many of the issues that have plagued them all season remained glaring. The offense left nine men on base, the bullpen blew another late lead, and the defense failed at a pivotal moment.

Betts' winning play came without the bat leaving his shoulder over the course of five pitches.

"Umm, just got to get a strike," he said. "[Chavez is] the one kind of in trouble there, so you've just got to get a strike. You can kind of be more picky in that situation."

Picky is one thing the Red Sox can't be at the moment. As they try to drag themselves back into playoff contention, they'll take any win they can get.

 

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