BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox will turn to knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to start their four-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Fenway this weekend.

Boston will need Wakefield to give them some innings Friday night, after their 13-inning game Wednesday night and John Lackey’s lackluster 5+ inning performance in their 11-0 loss to the Angels on Thursday. The bullpen has been stretched out over the last two games, so anything less than six innings will tax the relievers even more.

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The Red Sox will see Francisco Liriano on Monday, his first start since tossing a no-hitter against the White Sox on Tuesday. Liriano walked six in his no-no while striking out just two.

The Twins are struggling just as much as Boston right now, coming in at 11-18. Their offense is near the bottom of baseball, scoring a Major League low 89 runs and hitting just .230 as a team.

Pitching Matchups For Red Sox-Twins Series

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Friday 7:10 pm

  • Scott Baker (1-2, 3.16 ERA) vs Tim Wakefield (0-0, 4.08 ERA)

Saturday 1:10 pm

  • Brian Duensing (2-1,  2.19 ERA) vs Clay Buchholz (2-3, 4.81 ERA)

Sunday 1:35 pm

  • Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84 ERA) vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33 ERA)
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Monday 7:10 pm

  • Francisco Liriano (2-4, 6.61 ERA) vs Jon Lester (4-1, 2.33 ERA)