The Boston Red Sox are on the verge of matching their longest road winning streak over the Minnesota Twins in 12 years.
The last-place Twins may be hoping Joe Mauer is around to help keep that from happening.
The Red Sox may not have to deal with the injured Mauer again Saturday night when they go for a fifth straight win at Minnesota.
Boston (25-17) has won six of seven at Target Field, including four straight while hitting .338 with six homers and 27 runs. It last won five in a row as the visitor against the Twins from 2000-01 at the Metrodome.
Despite their gaudy offensive numbers of late in Minneapolis, the Red Sox had nine singles among their 10 hits Friday while Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in a 3-2, 10-inning win to open this three-game set.
Boston's chances at another win may increase if Mauer is out again. The five-time All-Star catcher has a stiff back that sidelined him for the series opener, leaving the Twins without their leading hitter at .34...