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Thursday, August 2nd (All times eastern)

Minnesota Twins (44-60) at Boston Red Sox (53-52), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13) Boston - Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49)

(Sports Network) - Dominican right-hander Samuel Deduno makes his fifth start of the season and of his big-league career tonight when the Minnesota Twins visit Fenway Park for the opener of a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox.

A well-traveled 29-year-old, Deduno was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2003 and debuted in the majors with four relief appearances with them in 2010 - posting a 3.38 earned run average across 2 2/3 innings.

He was plucked off waivers by the San Diego Padres and pitched three innings with them over two appearances in 2011 before being granted free agency on Nov. 2, 2011 and getting picked up by the Twins 15 days later.

In nine starts at Triple-A Rochester this year, he was 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings, then jumped to the majors to make a 5 1/3-inning start in a no- decision at Texas on July 7.

He got another no-decision 10 days later against Baltimore and has won two straight subsequent starts while allowing two runs on eight hits in 13 1/3 innings against Kansas City and Cleveland.

In 23 overall innings, he's allowed 20 hits and eight earned runs.

He has never faced the Red Sox.

For Boston, lefty Jon Lester tries again for his first win since June 27.

The 28-year-old improved to 5-5 on the season with a 10-4 defeat of Toronto after allowing four runs on seven hits in seven innings, but is 0-3 in five starts since around the All-Star break.

He was roughed up for 11 runs on nine hits in four innings of a 15-7 loss to the Blue Jays on July 22, then got a no-decision against New York at Yankee Stadium in his last start on July 28.

Lester is 1-3 in eight career meetings with the Twins.

On Wednesday in Minnesota, Alejandro De Aza drove home the game-winner in the eighth as the Chicago White Sox edged the Twins, 3-2, in the finale of a three-game set.

Danny Valencia hit a solo home run and Joe Mauer drove in the other run for the Twins, who had won four straight prior to losing the final two games of the series.

Scott Diamond (9-5) pitched well in the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 7 1/3 frames.

"We're just trying to compete and hang in with a lot of these ball games and see if we can pull it out in the end," said Diamond. "We didn't pull it out (Wednesday), but we play with a lot of heart here."

In Boston, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder crushed back- to-back home runs as part of a five-run fifth inning and the Detroit Tigers held off the Red Sox, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game set.

Aaron Cook (2-5) was tagged for six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings to take his fourth loss in his last five starts.

"He works quick and doesn't walk people but a lot of times those groundballs find holes," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

Carl Crawford smacked a solo shot for his second home run of the season, but the Red Sox saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

The Red Sox swept a three-game series between the teams in April at Fenway Park and have won the season series every year since the Twins won in 2006.

08/02 10:22:09 ET