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Beckett looks to move Red Sox closer to AL East title

Sep 27, 2007 - 1:09 PM Minnesota (77-81) at Boston (94-64) 7:05 pm EDT

BOSTON (Ticker) - Josh Beckett hopes to move the Boston Red Sox closer to their first American League East Division title in 12 years Thursday when they host the Minnesota Twins.

Entering their final series of their year, the Red Sox have a magic number of two over the New York Yankees (91-67) as they try to lock up their first division title since 1995.

Beckett (20-6, 3.14 ERA) is a major reason why the Red Sox are in the position they are. He is the league leader in wins and is locked in a battle for the American League Cy Young Award with a number of worthy candidates, most notably Cleveland Indians lefthander C.C. Sabathia.

A win on Thursday would ensure that Beckett finishes with at least two more victories than anyone else in the league.

The 27-year-old righthander is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his last four outings. Should he fail to pitch at least 5 1/3 innings on Thursday, Beckett would become just the third pitcher in major league history to win 20 games without throwing at least 200 innings in a season.

Former Boston hurler Pedro Martinez was the last to accomplish the feat, tossing 199 1/3 frames while going 20-4 in 2002.

Boston is coming off a two-game sweep of Oakland.

The Twins will counter with struggling righthander Boof Bonser (7-12, 5.09). The 25-year-old is limping to the finish in his first full season in the majors, going 2-6 with a 6.39 ERA over his last 10 appearances.

Minnesota, which won the AL Central last season, lost two of three to Detroit to begin the week.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 12 1
    BOSTON 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - BOOF BONSER, JUAN RINCON (6TH), GLEN PERKINS (7TH), MATT
    GUERRIER (7TH), JOE NATHAN (8TH) AND MATT LECROY
    BOS - JOSH BECKETT, BRYAN COREY (7TH), HIDEKI OKAJIM

    Sep 27 10:21 PM
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    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON VARITEK (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF MATT GUERRIER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5, BOSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: B KIELTY (.229, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 9:45 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GARRETT JONES (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JOSH BECKETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5, BOSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M LECROY (.167, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 9:00 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID ORTIZ (34) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF BOOF BONSER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4, BOSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.325, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 8:50 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED NICK PUNTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    BOSTON 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.276, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 8:46 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TORII HUNTER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    BOSTON 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.274, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 8:05 PM
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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (16) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JOSH BECKETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2, BOSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: G JONES (.194, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 7:41 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.D. DREW SCORED DAVID ORTIZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DREW ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    BOSTON 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.255, 15 HR, 66 RBI)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 7:27 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ORTIZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    BOSTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.326, 20 HR, 116 RBI)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 7:21 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    MINNESOTA 1 1 2 0
    BOSTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - BOOF BONSER
    BOS - JOSH BECKETT

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.317, 8 HR, 50 RBI)
    M RAMIREZ (.298, 20 HR, 87 RBI)
    D ORTIZ (.325, 33 HR, 114 RBI)

    Twins vs. Red SoxSep 27 7:15 PM
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