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Game 33: Twins (12-20) at Red Sox (16-18)

First Pitch: 6:10pm CDT
TV: FSN, and ESPN if you're looking for the Red Sox broadcast (ZING! Take that, ESPN!)
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Over the Monster

It's the fourth of four at Fenway. Say that four times fast. (Preferably in an Irish accent.) The Twins will get a series split in one way or another, but they'd prefer an even split.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Josh Beckett 2-1 6 6 0 0 0 0 38.1 21 10 10 3 12 35 2.35 .86

Josh Beckett is good at throwing the baseball by people; he's striking out almost a batter per inning. He hasn't had a truly bad start this year, and in fact has allowed three or fewer hits in four of his six starts. He's quite capable of striking out ten and holding the Twins to two hits and a walk in eight innings; he did it to New York earlier this year. I have a healthy fear of how he will pitch tonight.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Nick Blackburn 2-4 6 6 0 0 0 0 34.2 41 21 17 6 13 15 4.41 1.56

Originally this would have been Francisco Liriano, but the lefty was moved back a day to give him some extra rest after his no-hitter, and because of the dreaded "flu-like symptoms.". In his place is Nick Blackburn, who's operating on his usual four days' rest (thank you, Thursday off day.) Blackburn's giving up a few hits this year - he always does, he even led the league in it one year - but he's also walking more batters, issuing free passes at nearly double his career rate. This seems to be a theme throughout the Twins staff.

Random notable stats: David Ortiz is 3-5 all-time against Blackburn; Kevin Youkilis is 4-10.