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Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 27,970

Red Sox to test hot streak against Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Red Sox went 4-3 against the Twins last season, dropping two of three in Minnesota. Boston averaged 6.5 runs in its four wins versus Minnesota in 2018 compared to 1.3 runs in its three losses.
  2. The Red Sox have won five straight after sweeping the Orioles. Boston has slugged 14 home runs in its last four games, its most in a distinct four-game span since hitting 17 from September 4-7, 2013.
  3. Xander Bogaerts has drawn at least one walk in six straight games, tied with teammate Mookie Betts for the longest active streak in MLB. Bogaerts has multiple walks in three straight, tied for the longest streak of his career (two three-game streaks in 2018).
  4. At 47-23 (.671), the Twins have tied the franchise's best 70-game start all-time. The 1925 Washington Senators started 47-23, eventually losing in the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games.
  5. Max Kepler picked up four hits in his team's win over the Royals yesterday, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Kepler has reached base at least once in 10 straight games dating back to June 5, his third such streak of at least 10 games this season.
  6. Rick Porcello has started 31 career games versus the Twins, third most among active pitchers behind CC Sabathia (39) and Justin Verlander (38) -- he has gone 12-10 with a 3.83 ERA in these outings. Jose Berrios has a 3.01 ERA through 14 starts this season -- the last Minnesota pitcher with a sub-3.00 ERA through 15 starts was Ervin Santana in 2017 (2.97).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2019 thru 6/19/2019
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are a season-best five games above .500.

The Red Sox will try to stretch their winning streak to a season-long six games when they open a three-game series on Monday against the host Minnesota Twins, owners of the best record in the majors.

Minnesota (47-23) has been surprisingly strong this season under first-year manager Rocco Baldelli. The Twins need to go 7-4 over the next 11 games to equal the top midseason record (54-27) in franchise history, set by the 1970 squad that finished 98-64.

Minnesota has won seven of its past 10 games despite falling 8-6 to the visiting Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

"The biggest thing is that we're in first place," third baseman Miguel Sano said of a squad with a 10-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. "We can lose one game if we're going to win five, seven games.

"This is the best team I've seen in my life, and we don't have any pressure about anything. We're really good."

The Twins lead the majors with 137 homers after Sano and Nelson Cruz hit solo shots on Sunday.

The Red Sox (39-34) are on the upswing after a shaky start.

Boston stumbled out of the gate with a 6-13 stretch and appeared to right itself with a 16-6 run. But the club fell back to .500 on two occasions before the recent five-game spurt in which it outscored the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles 39-19.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora isn't a fan of the perception that his third-place team is well off the pace of last year's championship club.

"People forget that we were in second place last year on June 20-something," Cora told reporters. "We're in third place. I know where we're at, but we'll be fine."

Boston will send right-hander Rick Porcello to the mound in the opener against hot Twins righty Jose Berrios.

Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) is 0-2 over his last three starts, allowing 11 runs and 22 hits in 17 1/3 innings during the stretch.

The 30-year-old also has struggled on the road. He is 0-3 with a 6.37 ERA and .315 batting average against in six away outings.

Porcello is 12-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 31 career starts against the Twins. He has enjoyed success against Eddie Rosario (2-for-18) and Cruz (6-for-36, one homer).

Berrios (8-2, 3.01) has allowed one earned run in three of his past four starts.

The 25-year-old Berrios has pitched well at Target Field, going 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven starts.

Berrios has never defeated the Red Sox. He is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three career outings.

Berrios has experienced issues with J.D. Martinez (4-for-11), Andrew Benintendi (3-for-7) and Mookie Betts (3-for-9).

Benintendi was held out of Sunday's 8-6, 10-inning win over the Orioles due to soreness in his left quadriceps.

"Just felt sore, nothing serious," Cora said while indicating he expects Benintendi to be available on Monday.

Meanwhile, Baldelli hopes his team's typical-stellar defense returns for the final set of a nine-game homestand.

The Twins had just 32 miscues entering the homestand but have committed 10 in the past five games. Minnesota committed five errors in the final two games of the series against the Royals and made five against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

"It was not our sharpest effort," Baldelli said after Sunday's game. "If you look at each one of those plays, they're plays we want to make and we have to make going forward but they're not the easiest of plays."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 17, 2019

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