Monday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Kevin Correia

June 16, 2014 - 5:34 am

The Red Sox start a three-game series with the Twins at Fenway Park on Monday when they send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound against Kevin Correia. De La Rosa (1-2, 3.93 ERA) has been less-than-stellar for the Red Sox in his two starts since his impressive Sox debut May 31. After dominating the Rays in seven shutout innings, De La Rosa has allowed eight runs in 11 1/3 innings in losses in Detroit and Baltimore. The right-hander gave up four runs, three of which came in the first inning, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-0 Red Sox loss Wednesday against the Orioles. He walked two and struck out seven. "I thought tonight was an important learning experience for him, the way in which he needs to use his fastball," manager John Farrell said after the game. "Quickly the word spreads around this league on what an individual pitcher will go to. I thought once he started to use his fastball more from the third inning on, he forced some swings and made his changeup and his breaking pitches that much more effective. But like I said, I think it's more a very good learning lesson tonight." De La Rosa has one career start against the Twins, on June 29, 2011. He pitched seven strong innings in that game, giving up one run on six hits, but has only faced two current members of the Twins in his career. Joe Mauer is hitting .333/.333/.667 with a double and a strikeout in three career plate appearances against De La Rosa, while Eduardo Nunez is 1-for-2 against the 25-year-old. Correia (3-7, 5.60 ERA) hasn't had much go his way this season, especially early on. The right-hander got off to a dreadful start, going 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in his first five outings, but has gradually found himself on the upswing. His ERA has been no lower than 5.30 since April 7, but he has had quality starts in three of his last five outings and has a 3.90 ERA in that span. Correia enters Monday'€™s contest coming off his best game of the season. He held the Blue Jays scoreless over six innings for his first shutout of the season last Tuesday, and picked up his first win since May 20. He surrendered just six hits and one walk and had a strikeout in the 4-0 Minnesota win. "It was good because I think I threw the ball not much different than I've been throwing the ball," Correia said after the game. "I think some balls got hit to people and saved us some runs. And that's what you need to have good results. I just think I've been semi-unlucky.'€ Monday will be Correia'€™s fourth career appearance against the Red Sox and his second of the season. The 33-year-old dropped a clunker to the Sox on May 14 in which he allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings in a 9-4 Twins loss. Correia is 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA against the Sox for his career. Twins vs. De La Rosa (RHP) Joe Mauer (3 plate appearances): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout Eduardo Nunez is 1-for-2 against De La Rosa. Red Sox vs. Correia (RHP) Stephen Drew (56 plate appearances): .259 AVG/.286 OBP/.407 SLG, 1 HR, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts David Ross (16): .200/.250/.267, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Jonathan Herrera (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk Jonny Gomes (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk Dustin Pedroia (7): .286/.286/.286, 1 RBI Mike Napoli (5): .400/.400/.800, 2 doubles, 1 RBI David Ortiz (5): .400/.400/1.200, 1HR, 1 double, 1 RBI A.J. Pierzynski (5): .000/.000/.000 Grady Sizemore(5): .500/.600/.750, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 RBI Xander Bogaerts is 2 for 2 with a double in two career plate appearances. Jackie Bradley is hitless in two career plate appearances.