MIN: RHP Livan Hernandez (5-1, 3.83 ERA)
In his first career start against the White Sox on Wednesday, Hernandez delivered his 44th complete game. The crafty veteran held Chicago to just one run on seven hits, with the lone run coming on a Jermaine Dye solo homer. Mixing in pitches ranging from 59-85 mph, Hernandez has been teaching the younger arms in the Twins' rotation how to keep lineups off-balance by changing speeds.
BOS: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
Buchholz did not look good in his last start on Wednesday. After winning two of his last three starts, he earned a no-decision, allowing five runs on 10 hits in just four innings in his first career start against the mighty Tigers' lineup.
The Twins found some power in Sunday's victory over Boston. For the first time this season Minnesota hit more than one home run in a game. Minnesota hit three home runs Sunday, but heading into the game the power numbers have not been kind to the Twins. The Twins ranked last in the Major Leagues in home runs with just 17 before Sunday's game. Last year Minnesota ranked 29th out of 30 teams with 118 homers. ... Injuries continue to plague the Twins as of late. Nick Punto became the third Twins player in the last two weeks to be placed on the disabled list. Previously, Pat Neshek and Scott Baker were both put on the shelf with injuries. ... Brendan Harris has also missed a few games with an injury, but was not placed on the DL. Gardenhire said he expected Harris back in the lineup Monday against the Red Sox.
NYPGR - Region 2
SAL - Squadron -366
AMF- Illegitimi non carborundum