Twins look to sweep Sox

Brooms in hand, Twins can eliminate Sox

Fenway Park hasn't always been the kindest ballpark to the Twins, but that certainly hasn't been the case this series.

The Twins enter the finale of their three-game set with the Red Sox having the opportunity to pull off a series sweep. And with their ace, Johan Santana, taking to the mound, there seems to be nothing but good feelings on the side of the Twins.

But the Twins learned from Santana's last outing that he's not invincible. The only game the club lost in a four-game series at Cleveland came with Santana on the mound.

Still, there is something about having the perennial Cy Young Award candidate on the mound that eases the feelings of the club. With a series win already in hand, Minnesota certainly feels good about the last game of this series.

"When you've got Santana pitching, you have a 70 or 80 percent chance of winning, and I love that," Torii Hunter said. "So, I'll take my chances."

The test won't be completely easy, as the Twins face a tough right-hander in Boston's Josh Beckett, a pitcher hardly any of the team has faced before.

Pitching matchup
MIN: LHP Johan Santana (18-5, 2.77)
Santana is so good, it's news if the Twins don't win when he's on the mound. That's what happened Friday when Minnesota fell to Cleveland, 5-4, in 10 innings. While Santana didn't get the loss, it was still a tough defeat to take. Santana allowed four runs -- all coming in the first four innings -- in eight innings of work. He gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Garko in the first and run-scoring hits by Franklin Gutierrez in the second and fourth.

BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (15-10, 5.02)
After notching only one win in his last nine starts, Beckett rebounded with an impressive performance at Yankee Stadium. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits in the win against New York. His 15th win matches a season high which he set last season.

Player to watch
Only two Twins, Phil Nevin and Rondell White, have faced Beckett before in their careers. White is the one with the most success, going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a walk.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN North/ESPN 2

On radio
• WCCO Radio 830

Up next
• Friday: Twins (RHP Carlos Silva, 10-13, 5.88) at Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 7-10, 5.10), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Twins (RHP Scott Baker, 5-8, 6.33) at Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 15-9, 3.62), 3:35 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Twins (RHP Matt Garza, 2-5, 5.40) at Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 6-5, 5.35), 12:35 p.m. CT

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.