Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/7/13
8 a.m. ET: It took nearly five hours on Monday night, but the Red Sox finally put away the Twins in 11 innings, snapping a three-game losing skid on Stephen Drew’s walk-off double off the Green Monster. The two teams are back at it again Tuesday, when Ryan Dempster takes the hill opposite Minnesota lefty Scott Diamond. After a bit of a shaky start to the season, Dempster has settled down in his first year with Boston. The right-hander won his last two starts (albeit against two weaker opponents in Houston and Toronto), and he has been a strikeout machine, averaging 7.83 K’s per start. Monday’s drawn-out affair almost threw a wrench into Red Sox manager John Farrell’s pitching plans, as Dempster made the jog out to the — extremely depleted — bullpen and began warming up as the game entered extra innings. Dempster will be matched by a fellow Canadian on Tuesday, as Diamond spent his formative years in Ontario. The southpaw is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA through his first four starts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. from Fenway Park, but be sure to check back in throughout the day for all your updates and analysis leading up to game time.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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