The Boston Red Sox started the month of May out slow, winning only two games out of 11 between May 3 and May 14. However, they have seemed to turn things around, winning their last four games and are looking to move it to five on Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.
John Lackey will take the mound on Sunday and is not only aiming to extend the Red Sox winning streak to five games, he is looking for his second win of the season. Lackey has opened the season with a 1-4 record, 4.05 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 26.2 innings.
Lackey started off the season with a great outing in Toronto before exiting the game with an injury and being placed on the disabled list. In his return to the starting rotation, the Red Sox starter tossed six innings and surrendered only a single run. Since his first two starts, the right hander has struggled a bit, giving up three or more runs in each of his last three starts.
Against the Twins, Lackey is 7-6 with a 3.53 ERA and 80 strikeouts over 109.2 innings between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He has surrendered two home runs to Twins catcher Joe Mauer in only nine at-bats.
The Twins will counter with Pedro Hernandez. The left hander has struggled over his last two starts, but has posted a 2-0 record on the season. Hernandez ERA is high, 5.79, but is moving in the right direction.
First pitch is set for 2:10 p.m. eastern from Target Field.