(Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster takes aim at his third straight win Tuesday
when the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game series against the Minnesota
Twins at Fenway Park.
Dempster was impressive in beating Toronto on Thursday, as he held the Blue
Jays to a run and four hits in six innings to run his record to 2-2 on the
year to go along with a 3.00 ERA.
"I felt like maybe I was picking a little bit and trying to be too fine
instead of getting back on the aggressive and taking advantage of their
aggressiveness early on," Dempster said after the start. "They were coming
after me, and maybe kind of got away from the strike zone a little bit more
than I wanted to. I was able to hone it back in."
Dempster has faced the Twins four times (3 starts) and is 2-1 against them
with a 6.16 ERA.
Boston got back to its winning ways in Monday's opener, as Stephen Drew capped
a 4-for-5 night with an RBI double with two out in the bottom of the 11th
inning to give the Red Sox a hard-earned 6-5 win.
Drew added a solo homer and finished with three RBI to help the Red Sox bounce
back from three straight weekend losses at Texas in their return home. Dustin
Pedroia and Shane Victorino each went 3-for-5 while contributing solo shots as
well to the victory.
David Ortiz recorded an eighth-inning double to extend his hitting streak to
26 games dating back to last season.
Clayton Mortensen (1-2) registered the win after tossing 2 1/3 innings in
relief of Joel Hanrahan, who blew a 5-4 lead by allowing a solo homer to Brian
Dozier in the top of the ninth.
Dozier, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham all collected two hits for the Twins,
with Mauer scoring a pair of runs and Justin Morneau knocking in two in the
"We had opportunities. They had some opportunities, and finally they get the
big hit there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Boston's Clay Buchholz, who posted a spectacular 1.01 ERA in winning each of
his first six starts of 2013, was reached for four runs over a season-low six
innings. Counterpart Vance Worley permitted three runs on nine hits through
five-plus frames for Minnesota.
"I didn't do anything differently," Buchholz said. "I gave up runs."
Minnesota, meanwhile, will turn to lefty Scott Diamond on Tuesday. Diamond
evened his record at 2-2 on Wednesday, as he beat Detroit, holding the Tigers
to a pair of runs in six innings.
"Physically, I definitely feel like everything is starting to come around,"
said Diamond, who had surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow in
December. "Even just throwing, I felt like my mechanics were really in sync.
And the big thing now is when something is out of sync, I'm able to make a
quick adjustment off it."
Diamond has never faced the Red Sox.
Boston was 4-3 last season versus the Twins.
The Sports Network