Saturday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Cole De Vries
|08.04.12 at 9:35 am ET|
Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Red Sox against the Twins and righty Cole De Vries on Saturday night.
The Red Sox have won Buchholz’s last three starts, taking down the Tigers, Rangers and White Sox. He is 9-3 with a 4.75 ERA on the season, and the Red Sox are 3-1 since the righty returned from esophagitis in July.
In his last start, Buchholz allowed two runs and one home run through eight innings in a 7-3 win over the Tigers. It is the first victory Buchholz has earned since returning from his injury.
The 27-year-old is 1-0 all time against the Twins with a 8.44 ERA. He last started against Minnesota on April 25, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox won 7-6. Buchholz has faced eight current Twins batters, pitching against Justin Morneau 11 times. Morneau is batting .455 with one RBI against the righty.
De Vries (2-2, 3.98) has never pitched against any current Boston batters, as he’s making his first start against the Red Sox.
The rookie pitched five innings of four-run baseball in his last start en route to a 7-6 Minnesota victory over the White Sox. Before the victory, the Twins had lost five of De Vries’ starts in a row.
His last victory came on June 30 over the Royals, when De Vries allowed one run through six innings. The Twins won 5-1.
Twins vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Justin Morneau (11 plate appearances): .455 BA/.455 OBP/.455 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Denard Span (10): .400/.400/.600, 1 RBI
Joe Mauer (9): .429/.556/.571, 1 RBI, 2 walks
Jamey Carroll (6): .000/.500/.000, 2 walks
Alexi Casilla (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 RBI
Ben Revere (3): .667/.667/1.000
Josh Willingham (3): .667/.667/1.000
Danny Valencia (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Red Sox vs. De Vries (RHP)
No current Red Sox batters have faced the rookie.
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