The Red Sox are looking to put a less-than-productive weekend behind them coming into Monday night’s game against the Twins, and they’ll do so behind their best pitcher so far this year, Clay Buchholz, and a lineup eager to regain its spark.
Shane Victorino returns to the Red Sox’ batting order, playing right field, after being given a day off at the end of Boston’s road trip to Texas. He had been out since April 24 with a back injury before returning May 3, and he went just 1-for-7 in Arlington before taking Sunday off.
Victorino wasn’t the only member of the Red Sox who struggled over the weekend, though. Boston scored just four runs in its series against the Rangers, going 18-for-96 (.188) and 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
A couple of players who will especially be looking to get back to form on friendly turf Monday night will be Will Middlebrooks (out Sunday; batting .195 with 36 strikeouts this season), Mike Napoli (1-for-10 in three games against the Rangers) and ...