Rick Porcello allowed six runs over seven innings, as the Sox got swept out of Minnesota.
After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, 21 minutes, Minnesota jumped on Clay Buchholz for three doubles and two runs in the first.
Ricky Nolasco struck out five in 7 2-3 innings and Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer to lead the surging Minnesota Twins to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, they don’t have to wait too long to try to keep that momentum going.
The Twins have two of the top prospects in baseball in their farm system in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, but they’ll probably start the season in the Minors. Until they reach MLB, the club can still be excited by the arrival of Vargas, who right at the start of 2015 should bring a pure power presence the Twins were really lacking for much of last season.
Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.
David Ortiz homered in the 10th, and the Sox won minutes later. But that doesn’t mean he was a happy Papi after the game.
After Koji Uehara surrendered a solo homer in the top of the 10th, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back jacks to give the Red Sox a sweep of the Twins.
It doesn’t matter where John Farrell pencils his super-utility man in to play, Brock Holt makes a difference.
The Year of the Brock Holt will have a new chapter on Tuesday night.