Twins at Red Sox News and Notes

Rick Yeatts

It's a four-game Fenway formation. (Sorry. I got carried away with the alliteration and it ended up making no sense.)

Probables (all games 6:10pm Central Time)

Red Sox Notes

  • Tonight is Clay Buchholz's first start since Jack Morris and Dirk Hayhurst accused the righthander of throwing a spitball. I'm sure there will be no coverage of this whatsoever today. Near as I can tell, Buchholz acknowledges that he puts rosin on his arm, which he then rubs on the ball, but can't understand why anyone would therefore accuse him of cheating. Here's hoping Ron Gardenhire asks the ump to check him like once an inning, and the whole thing leads to a good solid brawl.
  • The Red Sox are 20-11 and are tied for baseball's best record.
  • Mike Carp is hitting .406 in part-time action for Boston, who is 10-3 when Carp gets at least one at-bat in a game. Boston's road to a championship is thus clear: More Carp. #morecarp
  • Sox closer Andrew Bailey hasn't pitched in a week, and will undergo an MRI on his right biceps. In his absence, Joel Hanrahan has four saves.

Twins Notes

  • As of May 3, Darin Mastroianni will be in a walking boot for at least another week, after which the Twins will presumably send him on a rehab assignment and then stop returning his phone calls, a la Tim Wood.
  • Cole De Vries made the first start of his rehab assignment on Sunday in Fort Myers, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in four innings of work. De Vries also struck out two.
  • Another note from looking up that box score: Remember Levi Michael? He's hitting .184, the worst of any player on the Miracle roster.
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