After colliding on a foul ball catch, both Will Middlebrooks (right side pain) and David Ross (left quad bruise) take the night off as the Boston Red Sox (21-12) look to somehow get things going after losing four of their last five. The Sox take on the Minnesota Twins (14-15) in Game 3 of this four-game set at Fenway Park. The teams split the first two games and both turn to young bucks to take the series advantage.
Allen Webster (0-0, 3.00 ERA), a 23-year-old, makes his second start for the Red Sox. The righty gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings in his only other start, which came on April 21 against the Kansas City Royals.
The Twins counter with Pedro Hernandez, a 24-year-old lefty, who is 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA in five appearances (three starts) this season.
Here’s the lineup John Farrell has put together (first pitch – 7:10 pm EDT):
1. Ellsbury, CF
2. Victorino, RF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Ortiz, DH
5. Napoli, 1B
6. Gomes, LF