MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -125 moneyline favorite, the Twins a +105 home underdog, and the over/under total at 9.
Boston will have Tim Wakefield, who is 6-4 with a 5.03 ERA this season, on the mound for the opener. The righthander last started on Wednesday, going six and two-thirds innings in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota will counter with Scott Baker, who is 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. The righthander last started Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, when he went three innings in an 11-4 rout.
The Red Sox (69-43 SU) faced the New York Yankees in the finale of their three-game series Sunday night with first place in the AL East on the line. The teams split the first two games. Boston has been average recently, going 5-5 SU in their past 10 games.
The Twins (51-62 SU) are in fourth place in the AL Central division standings and fell 10.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers after getting swept by the Chicago White Sox on the weekend. It was Minnesota’s fourth straight loss and the team is 2-8 SU in its past 10.
Sports Picks bettors should know that the teams have met in one series already this season, a four-game set May 6 to 9 won 3-1 by the Red Sox. Head-to-head, the Red Sox have dominated the past 10 meetings, winning seven.