Red Sox turn to Houck in opener vs. Twins

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Field Level Media
24 Aug 2021, 11:19 GMT+10

Tanner Houck aims to interruption into the triumph file arsenic helium starts the opener of the Boston Red Sox's three-game location bid against the Minnesota Twins connected Tuesday night.

Houck (0-3, 3.12 ERA) has pitched good for the Red Sox this season, but has been incapable to notch his archetypal triumph contempt Boston going 3-3 successful games helium has started.

The 25-year-old right-hander allowed 2 runs connected 5 hits with nary walks and 2 strikeouts, but lone lasted 4 innings successful a 5-3, seven-inning nonaccomplishment past Tuesday astatine the New York Yankees. Houck volition beryllium making his 11th vocation commencement successful conscionable his 2nd play and has ne'er faced the Rangers before.

Boston volition effort to support rolling pursuing a three-game bid triumph against the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox were 8-4 winners successful the rubber lucifer Monday aft Sunday's scheduled bid finale was postponed owed to Hurricane Henri.

Travis Shaw deed a walk-off expansive slam successful the 11th inning and Alex Verdugo and Hunter Renfroe besides homered for the Red Sox, who bushed the Rangers 6-0 successful the bid opener Friday earlier a astonishing 10-1 blowout nonaccomplishment connected Saturday.

Boston had dropped 4 of 5 and was tied with Oakland for the 2nd American League wild-card spot entering Monday's finale.

"We've been battling each year, particularly it feels similar the past 2 weeks oregon so," said Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who struck retired 7 implicit 7 innings of one-run shot connected Monday. "I consciousness similar we've done a truly bully occupation astir not letting that impact us."

Minnesota hopes to payment from an other time disconnected aft Sunday's bid finale astatine the Yankees was besides postponed owed to the hurricane. The Twins dropped 3 consecutive portion being outscored 24-8 by the Yankees anterior to the postponement.

Despite entering successful past spot successful the AL Central standings, Minnesota has been playing amended of precocious with 4 consecutive bid victories and wins successful 9 of its past 13 games anterior to the New York series.

The Twins had not named a starter for the bid opener successful Boston arsenic of Monday afternoon. However, Griffin Jax (3-1, 5.11 ERA) was scheduled to commencement Sunday against the Yankees and would beryllium the apt campaigner to get the motion Tuesday.

"Obviously we person immoderate things up successful the aerial related to the wellness of our unit and conscionable wherever we sit," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said astir his rotation aft losing ace Kenta Maeda to close forearm tightness successful Saturday's 7-1 loss.

Jax's adjacent commencement volition beryllium his seventh of the play aft making his archetypal 4 appearances retired of the bullpen. The rookie right-hander has won 2 of his past 3 starts and is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA successful his six starts.

Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano volition beryllium disposable aft the archetypal baseman went connected the paternity database Friday.

Christian Arroyo could instrumentality to the Red Sox's starting lineup for the archetypal clip since July 18 aft being activated from the 10-day injured database earlier Monday's game. Arroyo entered Monday's crippled arsenic a pinch runner successful the seventh inning and went 0-for-1.

Boston outscored Minnesota 17-9 successful taking 3 of 4 games against the Twins connected the roadworthy April 13-15.

--Field Level Media

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