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.READ MORE: 'Frightening Anti-Semitism': Jewish Community Focused On Security After Texas Synagogue Hostage Situation
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.
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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)
Monday 7:10 pm
- Francisco Liriano (2-4, 6.61 ERA) vs Jon Lester (4-1, 2.33 ERA)