Garza gets the nod against Red Sox

Twins try to continue winning ways at Fenway

After a good start to the road trip, the Twins will try their luck in Boston on Tuesday night.

Minnesota, which took three of four from the Indians, will enjoy its last off-day of the regular season Monday before opening the three-game series at Fenway Park.

"We'll go to a movie, eat dinner and relax," center fielder Torii Hunter said of the off-day plans.

Beginning Tuesday, the Twins have 13 games remaining. That will be the start of the final big push.

"We know what's at hand here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We know what we need to do. We'll relax on Monday. If somebody wants a day off after that, they'll get it in November."

Hunter wants to focus on the next game and not the remainder of the season.

"Dawg, this is baseball," he said. "Anybody can beat anybody. We can't worry about the next 13 games. If I read that anybody is thinking that way, I'm going to have a long talk with them."

Pitching matchup
MIN: RHP Matt Garza (1-5, 5.50)
Talk about big shoes to fill. Garza will step in for Francisco Liriano, who will miss the rest of the season with a sore elbow. The Twins don't expect Garza to give them the same results, of course, but they will need him to keep the team in games. The Twins are 2-4 in his six starts, and only two of his outings have been considered quality starts.

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-9, 4.19)
The knuckleballer took a 4-0 loss to the Orioles in his return from the disabled list last week, but showed no signs from the stress fracture in his right ribcage that kept him off the mound for seven weeks. Wakefield is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 10 starts at Fenway this season. He lost his only previous start to the Twins this season, giving up eight hits and three earned runs over six innings.

Player to watch:
Phil Nevin must have a knack for hitting the knuckler. He's hitting .421 (8-for-19) with three homers and 10 RBIs in his career against Wakefield.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On radio
• WCCO 810 AM


Up next
• Wednesday: Twins (RHP Boof Bosner, 5-5, 4.52) vs. Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 14-7, 4.13), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Twins (LHP Johan Santana, 18-5, 2.77) vs. Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 15-10, 5.02), 6:05 p.m. CT

Steve Herrick is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.