With right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on the mound for the Twins Wednesday night, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for the Red Sox.
No Red Sox hitter has faced the 23-year-old Hendriks, but both Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer carry .500 batting averages into the game against Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Here is the Red Sox lineup in the series finale:
Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross LF
Marlon Byrd CF
Following Tuesday's win over the Heat, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he believes Ray Allen will be available to the team in the playoffs after battling with a sore left ankle for the last five weeks of the season.
"I think Ray will be ready," Rivers said. "I don’t know that. I do think he will be ready."
Allen -- the NBA's all-time 3-point shooting king -- turned his left ankle late in the game against the Clippers on March 12 in Los Angeles. He played the next five games of the road trip before the pain became too much and he sat out against Philadelphia on March 23. Allen would miss six straight games before returning for a stretch of five games in a row.
Allen, who reportedly was nearly dealt to the Grizzlies at the trading deadline, started against San Antonio on April 4 before accepting a role coming off the bench the next night in Chicago and for the following three games.
But he returned...
The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits on the way to a convincing 11-2 win over the Twins Tuesday night at Target Field.
Earning the win was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who allowed two runs over six innings, striking out five and not walking a batter after walking three in the first inning. It was the second victory of the season for Beckett, who finished his outing throwing 100 pitches (37 of which came in the first inning).
Leading the Sox offense -- which scored 10 runs in the first five innings -- was Mike Aviles, who managed a four-hit game for the sixth time in his career. The shortstop, who raised his batting average from .291 to .333, came away with his third home run of the season. Also homering for the Red Sox was David Ortiz, who also pounded his third long ball of the season.
Ortiz was one of six Red Sox hitters to come away with multiple-hit games, with Adrian Gonzalez managing his third three-hit game of the season....
Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest hammered Wes Welker on Tuesday, blasting the receiver for hinting that he’d skip the team’s mandatory June minicamp unless he got a long-term deal.
“I just don’t like the diva attitude,” McGinest, who played for the Patriots from 1994 to 2005, said on “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday. “Let’s keep it real: Prior to the Patriots, this is a guy who played three years, had 96 receptions, never had a 1,000-yard season. So due to a big part of the Patriots system and Tom Brady, he’s had five years where he's had over 100 catches.
“This $9 million-plus that they’re offering is half of his last contract. That’s a lot of money. Let’s not forget that they signed Brandon Lloyd, they signed [Anthony Gonzalez], they signed [Deion] Branch back, they got the two tight ends; they have weapons on that offense. So, look, Wes, it’s time to...
With both teams resting their stars, the Celtics found a way to overcome a brutal start and beat the Heat, 78-66, Tuesday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce played just 18 minutes, scoring eight points.
Playing without starters Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, and without Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Greg Stiemsma, the Celtics found a way to overcome a horrid start and keep alive their hopes of home court in the first round against the Hawks. The Heat played the game without superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Celtics were led by Sasha Pavlovic with 16 points. Marquis Daniels added 13 off the bench and sparked the go-ahead rally with a slam dunk with 9:28 left.
In one of the most brutal shooting performances in recent team history, the Celtics missed their first seven shots and fell behind 11-0. The Celtics didn't score until Pierce hit a turnaround jumper in the paint with 5:45 left in the opening quarter...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.
The final hour of RSR features your calls as well as some thoughts on Clay Buchholz and Fenway Park.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on.
Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price
The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them
Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?
Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.
With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.
We talk Sox on a hot summer Friday, and how John Farrell is in a no-win situation with some fans despite the team's performance.
In honor of the passing of coach Dennis Green, we present four of the best NFL Coaching rants (during press conferences) of all time.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.
This week we look back at the Open Championship.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back right on time for the start of the NFL and Fantasy Football pre-draft season. Topics of the day include some news around the league centering on the suspension of Le’Veon Bell, bad news swirling around Ezekiel Elliot and the passing of Coach Dennis Green. Then it’s into the fun stuff featuring conversation about the Patriots Offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan and a first look at the Top 12 Wide Receivers heading into Training Camp. It’s time to gear up for Fantasy Football people, giddy up!
Donald Trump's wife Melania was caught lifting parts of Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. Kirk, Gerry and Mike Mutnansky react.More from this show
Dale, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the DH, and how it's time to have one system for both MLB leagues.More from this show
The guys discuss the Red Sox, who have pulled within a half-game of the first-place Orioles after a 4-0 shutout of the Giants at Fenway behind another Ortiz homer and a Porcello win.More from this show
Kirk Minihane is back in the 'Headlines' chair and reacts to the news that FoxNews CEO Roger Ailes appears done due to sexual harassment charges.More from this show