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Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Twins dropped a 4-3 decision to the Tigers on Sunday, and including two straight setbacks, are now 3-3 on their current season-long nine-game road trip. Minnesota is 9-10 in one-run games this season.
  2. Boston lost, 3-2, to Cleveland in 11 innings yesterday, and is now 8-15 (.348) in one-run games this year -- worst in the AL and second worst in the majors. The Red Sox are 7-2 in their last nine games at Fenway Park.
  3. Minnesota took two of three from Boston at Target Field in these clubs' first series of 2014, and dating to August 2, 2012, is 8-6 in the last 14 games vs. the Red Sox overall (6-2 at Fenway Park during span).
  4. Kevin Correia pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball vs. the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in his last outing, upping his record to 2-0 (2.00 ERA) in his last three road starts overall. Including a loss on May 14, Correia is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts vs. the Red Sox.
  5. Rubby De La Rosa has dropped two straight starts (both on the road), going 5.2 innings and allowing exactly four runs in each setback. De La Rosa went 7.0 innings and allowed just one run (earned), losing his only career start vs. the Twins on June 29, 2011 while he was still with the Dodgers.
  6. Brock Holt went 2-for-5 yesterday, increasing his batting average at Fenway Park to .372 in 2014 -- best of any AL player at home this season (minimum 75 AB). Holt has 24 hits overall in June -- tied Andrew McCutchen for most of any MLB player.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/16/2014 thru 6/18/2014

By JEFF BARTL

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Kevin Correia chalks up a good chunk of his struggles to bad luck, but he's hoping that's beginning to change following one of his best outings of the season.

He'll take the mound again Monday night against the Boston Red Sox as the Minnesota Twins seek their first four-game win streak at Fenway Park in two decades.

Correia (3-7, 5.60 ERA) has allowed fewer than three runs just three times in 13 starts, and his seven losses are tied for the second-most in the AL. He looked like a far different pitcher Tuesday, though, giving up six hits in six innings of a 4-0 win at Toronto.

"It was good because I think I threw the ball not much different than I've been throwing the ball," Correia said. "I think some balls got hit to people and saved us some runs. And that's what you need to have good results. I just think I've been semi-unlucky."

The right-hander had a rough outing against the Red Sox on May 14, giving up five runs and nine hits - including a homer to David Ortiz - over four innings of a 9-4 loss.

Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe homered in that contest, but he won't be around for this matchup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's 4-3 loss to Detroit due to a strained left oblique muscle suffered in Saturday's defeat.

Eduardo Nunez replaced Plouffe in that game, but he aggravated a right hamstring injury later and couldn't play Sunday.

"It does make it a little more interesting," manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website. "Continuously playing short is not good. We want to give ourselves every chance and every option."

Joe Mauer had two hits for the Twins (32-35), who have lost back-to-back games following a season high-tying three-game winning streak.

Minnesota won the final three of a four-game set in its only visit to Boston in 2013, and has an opportunity to win four in a row at Fenway for the first time since a five-game run from Sept. 25, 1993-June 15, 1994.

The Red Sox (31-38) have lost two straight at home following a seven-game win streak there, falling 3-2 in 11 innings to Cleveland on Sunday.

Dustin Pedroia went 0 for 5 and is hitting .143 over his last eight, but he enters this contest hitting .361 in his last eight against Minnesota.

"All we can do is keep going out there and keep getting guys on base and working," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Guys hit some balls hard. They made some good plays. There's nothing you can do."

Boston looks to get back on track with help from Rubby De La Rosa as he looks to snap out of a personal slump.

After a stellar season debut May 31 against Tampa Bay, De La Rosa (1-2, 3.93) has given up four runs in 5 2-3 innings while losing his last two starts to Detroit on June 6 and Baltimore on Wednesday.

"I thought (Wednesday) was an important learning experience for him, the way in which he needs to use his fastball," manager John Farrell said. "Quickly the word spreads around this league on what an individual pitcher will go to."

The right-hander hasn't faced the Twins since June 29, 2011, when he allowed one run in seven innings of a 1-0 loss while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston's Stephen Drew returned Sunday after missing six games with a strained right oblique, but Xander Bogaerts was held out with flu-like symptoms. His status for this contest is unclear.

Updated June 15, 2014

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