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John Farrell to add Terry Francona, Ron Gardenhire to All-Star coaching staff 05.13.14 at 8:47 pm ET
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Red Sox are in Minnesota for the start of a three-game represent that represents the team’s only visit to play the Twins this season. But for several members of the organization, it’s not the only trip that they’ll make to Minnesota this year.

With the 2014 All-Star Game set to take place at Target Field, Red Sox manager John Farrell and the members of his coaching staff are assured of a return trip to Minnesota this summer. Farrell has previously taken part in a pair of All-Star games, first as a member of former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona‘s staff in 2008 and more recently as part of Texas manager Ron Washington‘s staff in 2011. Now, Farrell will return the favor for Francona, as the Red Sox skipper said that he’ll invite his longtime friend as well as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire — who as the manager of the team that hails from the All-Star Game’s host city, made a natural fit for the staff — to join him during the All-Star Game.

“It’€™s just an honor that our coaches and myself have a chance to be around the game’€™s current greatest players. It’€™s an honor for us,” said Farrell. “It’€™s a meaningful game. and to be associated with the spectacle of a midsummer classic is something that we’€™ll always remember and for a couple of us, this is the second time we’€™ve been fortunate enough to be part of it. and it will get here in time, but we’€™re looking forward to those days.”

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Red Sox lineup: Grady Sizemore mans left field with Nolasco on mound for Twins 05.13.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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MINNEAPOLIS — With right-hander Ricky Nolasco on mound for the Twins in their series opener against the Red Sox, Grady Sizemore gets the start in left field for Sox at Target Field.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with Jake Peavy getting the start for the visitors:

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Shane Victorino RF

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Grady Sizemore LF

A.J. Pierzynski C

Xander Bogaerts SS

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Jackie Bradley CF

For all the matchups, click here.

For a preview of the series, click here.

Red Sox choose to start Jake Peavy in series opener against Twins 05.13.14 at 2:10 pm ET
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Red Sox have announced they will flip-flop Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront in the starting rotation, with Peavy getting the nod in the series opener against the Twins.

The reason for the switch has to do with Peavy’s ability to match up with the Tigers over the weekend at Fenway Park. The Sox rotation will now send out Doubront and Buchholz for the final two games at Target Field, with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Peavy going up against Detroit in the subsequent series.

Peavy not only has been turning in a solid season to date, but he also has had success against some of the key Tigers hitters. Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler all are hitting under .300 against the righty.

The Tigers also carry the second-best batting average (.293) against lefties in the major leagues, with a .341 OBP and .468 slugging mark against southpaws. Against righties, Detroit has a line of .274/.327/.410.

“Given the way [Detroit's] lineup stacks up, what they’ve doing against lefthanded starting, and more than anything, just the flexibility of the schedule, that gives us a chance to match up a little bit better,” said Sox manager John Farrell.

The Red Sox, who just had their third off-day in an eight-day stretch on Monday and will have one more coming next Monday, gave some consideration to the possibility of skipping a starter in this turn of the rotation to keep the majority of their pitchers on a regular turn. However, given that the team will have few opportunities to catch its breath in the coming weeks, it wanted to take advantage of the chance to give their starters some extra down time now.

“The one thing we considered was would we be better off with four guys on every fifth day, but the more we looked at it, the more we started to look at the number of pitches thrown, particularly by Lester and Lackey the last time through, and we felt like this was really the one chance we had to give them a little bit of a breather,” said Farrell. “We know that, following Monday, we’re in a 38 of 39 stretch. The weather is going to start warming up. We felt like this is a chance to give them a breather.”

Peavy will go up against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco Tuesday, with Doubront facing Kevin Correia Wednesday.

Closing Time: John Lackey, Dustin Pedroia help Red Sox finally get over .500 05.11.14 at 5:57 pm ET
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The Red Sox finally cleared the hurdle.

With their 5-2 win over the Rangers Sunday, the Red Sox find themselves with their first winning record (19-18) since April 3. The victory also allowed the Sox to claim their third straight series, having gotten the upper hand on Oakland and Cincinnati coming into their three-gamer against Ron Washington‘s club.

Leading the way this time was Red Sox starter John Lackey, who turned in his sixth quality start in eight outings this season. The righty went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out nine and not walking a batter.

Lackey, whose ERA now stands at 3.57, has given up two runs or less in all but two of his starts.

The Red Sox spotted Lackey with a 4-0 lead after two innings, scoring three in the first and another in the second against Texas starter Robbie Ross. With the win, the Sox now are 10-4 against left-handed starters.

Here is what went right (and wrong) for the Red Sox.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

Mike Napoli has now reached base safely in 31 straight games after doubling in Dustin Pedroia with the game’s first run in the first. The last time the first baseman didn’t reach was the Red Sox’ third game of the season.

A.J. Pierzynski capped the scoring in the first frame with a two-run double into right field, plating both David Ortiz and Napoli. The catcher came into the game hitting just 3-for-22 (.136) against lefties.

– Pedroia raised his batting average to .289 after notching a pair of hits, including his second home run of the season. Until grounding out in his last at-bat, Pedroia had crept over .290 for the first time since the seventh game of the season.

Andrew Miller continued his dominance, claiming strikeouts in two of his three outs. (The lefty did hit Elvis Andrus with a pitch.) In 16 innings this season, the lefty has fanned 23 batters while walking just four. More amazingly, in his last 12 games Miller has struck out 19 without a single free pass.

Koji Uehara picked up his ninth save in nine opportunities, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

Shin-Soo Choo brought the Rangers within three runs with a solo home run to lead off the home half of the fourth inning.

– Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a late scratch due to a sore right hand, which was hit by a pitch Saturday night. Middlebrooks was replaced in the lineup by Jonathan Herrera, who went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. Herrera did make a fine play on an Alex Rios grounder in the ninth.

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Red Sox lineup: Will Middlebrooks a late scratch due to soreness in right hand 05.11.14 at 11:45 am ET
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Will Middlebrooks, who originally was in the Red Sox‘ lineup Sunday, was a late scratch due to soreness in his right hand. The third baseman, who was replaced by Jonathan Herrera, was hit by a pitch in the hand Saturday.

With another left-hander on the mound for the Rangers — this time Robbie Ross Jr. getting the start — Jonny Gomes is back in left field for the Red Sox in their series finale in Texas.

In his last eight games when facing a lefty, Gomes is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a 1.161 OPS.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with John Lackey getting the start for the visitors.

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Shane Victorino RF

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Jonny Gomes LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

A.J. Pierzynski C

Jackie Bradley CF

Jonathan Herrera 3B

For the pitching matchups, click here.

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Red Sox lineup: David Ross behind plate with Jon Lester pitching 05.10.14 at 4:35 pm ET
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For the sixth time in eight starts, Jon Lester will be throwing to David Ross, this time going up against the Rangers. The lefty has a 2.19 ERA and 5.22 OPS against with Ross behind the plate in five previous starts this season.

With lefty pitcher Martin Perez on the mound for Texas, Jonny Gomes returns to left field, batting fifth. Here is the entire Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Shane Victorino RF

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Jonny Gomes LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ross C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Jackie Bradley CF

For all the matchups, click here.

Red Sox lineup: Grady Sizemore hitting fifth against Rangers, Yu Darvish 05.09.14 at 6:10 pm ET
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With Texas ace Yu Darvish on the mound, the Red Sox will send out their regular lineup against right-handed pitching, with Grady Sizemore playing left field and batting fifth.

Here is the Sox’ lineup with Clay Buchholz taking the hill for the visitors in the series opener:

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Shane Victorino RF

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Grady Sizemore LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

A.J. Pierzynski C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Jackie Bradley CF

For all the matchups, click here.

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