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Twins Vs. Red Sox Game Three Preview: Minnesota Tries To Avoid Sweep

The Minnesota Twins are trying to avoid being swept for the third time in a very young season when they take on the Boston Red Sox for the final game of their three-game set on Wednesday. Minnesota was previously swept by the Texas Rangers on April 13, 14 and 15 and the Baltimore Orioles to begin the season on April 6, 7, and 8. They also lost two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays and lost two of four against the New York Yankees.

In other words, the Twins have only won one series - taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels in their second series of the season. Boston isn't exactly a team that's known for its sweeps either, with none to their credit this season, though they've been on the receiving end of a couple.

The Twins lost game two by a score of 11-2, after losing a competitive game one 6-5. Game three will see Clay Buchholz take the mound for the Red Sox against Liam Hendriks for the Twins. Buchholz is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA, and suffered a loss in his last outing after giving up five runs to the Yankees. Hendricks is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and gave up four runs in his last outing against the Rays.

The game is set for 8:10 eastern and will wrap up the series. Following that, the Twins will get started on a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

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