Pat Dean (1-2, 4.75 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (18-43) meet Rick Porcello (7-2, 4.04 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (36-25) in the last of a three-game series at Target Field. The Red Sox won the last game 15-4, and Boston leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and will air on NESN and FSN.
In his last start, Dean pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 6-4 victory over the Marlins. Eduardo Nunez (.327, 31 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. The Red Sox were victorious over the Giants 5-3 the last time Porcello pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking one. David Ortiz (.346, 29 Rs, 16 HRs, 55 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Red Sox, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The Red Sox are a -170 favorite with a total of 9.5.
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In their last game, the Red Sox won by a margin of 11 runs. The Twins are 0-2 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Red Sox have a 3-0 record in blowouts.
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 18-10, while Minnesota is 9-14.
The Red Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 15 runs. The Twins have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 2-14. The Twins have a 6-33 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 65 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 76.
Ranking 17th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 188 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 209.
The Twins are 16-22 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 27-18 when they hit at least one homer.