American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 6th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (13-14) at Boston Red Sox (20-11), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Vance Worley (0-4, 7.22)
Boston - Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.01)
(Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz tries to become the majors' first seven-game
winner on Monday when the Boston Red Sox open a four-game set with the
Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.
Buchholz has been nothing short of spectacular thus far, going a perfect 6-0
with a 1.01 ERA. Opponents are hitting a mere .178 against him and he has
stranded 91.4 percent of the baserunners he has allowed.
With another victory Monday, Buchholz will match the 7-0 mark by Josh Beckett
through his first seven starts in 2007 for Boston.
"Confidence is at the bottom of it," said manager John Farrell. "And that
gives relaxation, and that's where no matter the player or position, when
they're confident and relaxed, that's typically when their best talents come
out consistently and leads to the performance that we're seeing. It's not any
one given pitch. It's not a foreign substance. And it's a matter of a very
good pitcher taking that ability to the mound each and every time."
He was again brilliant on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, as he
scattered two hits over seven scoreless innings to get the win.
However, after the game he was accused by a member of the Blue Jays' broadcast
team of having an illegal substance on his forearm and applying it to the
"I put a little bit of water on my hip just to get it a little moist, because
sometimes the balls they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table,"
said Buchholz, who is 3-1 lifetime versus the Twins. "You have to find a way
to get grip. Definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm."
Boston, though, is in the midst of its worst stretch of the season and this
past weekend was swept in a three-game set by the Texas Rangers. David Ortiz
homered in Sunday's 4-3 loss and has now hit safely in 25 straight games
dating back to last year, a career high.
As good as Buchholz has been for Boston, Vance Worley has been just as bad for
Minnesota, posting an 0-4 mark to go along with a 7.22 ERA. Acquired this
offseason from Philadelphia for outfielder Ben Revere, Worley was hammered by
Detroit in his latest loss on Tuesday to the tune of six runs in just 4 2/3
"I don't have an answer," said manager Ron Gardenhire. "We haven't had him
that long. Right now, I know the reason is because he hasn't commanded the
game early. He makes bad pitches that end up in the seats."
Worley, though, beat the Red Sox the only other time he faced them, limiting
them to a run and five hits in seven frames.
Minnesota salvaged the finale of its three-game set with the Cleveland Indians
on Sunday, as Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer, Mike Pelfrey tossed six
solid innings in a 4-2 win. Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer each had an RBI for
the Twins, who have won just two of their last six
Pelfrey (3-3) gave up one run on four hits while striking out seven.
"(Pelfrey's) pitches were working, he was locating very well and got us
through a good six innings," Gardenhire said.
Boston was 4-3 last season versus the Twins.
05/06 10:35:31 ET