Tuesday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Jon Lester vs. Phil Hughes

June 17, 2014 - 4:35 am

The Red Sox will face the Twins in the middle game of a three-game series on Tuesday at Fenway Park, sending Jon Lester to the mound against Phil Hughes. Lester (7-7, 3.33 ERA) bounced back from a poor performance (4 1/3 innings, five runs) against Detroit on June 7, holding the Indians to one run over 7 2/3 innings en route to a 5-2 Boston victory last Thursday. "It was good. A win's a win," Lester said after the game. "A bit of a grind, but some of the mistakes I did make were just singles." Despite his poor showing against the Tigers, Lester has been brilliant in June, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 5.33 K/BB ratio in three starts this month. Lester was the tough-luck loser in his last start against Minnesota on Aug. 2, 2012, allowing three earned runs over eight innings of work in what was a 5-0 Twins victory. In nine career games (eight starts) against the Twins, Lester is 1-4 with a 4.74 ERA. Hughes (7-2, 3.17 ERA) was dominant in his last start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, surrendering seven hits and no runs over seven innings while recording a season-high nine strikeouts. Hughes'€™ performance helped the Twins capture their first series win in Toronto since 2005. Minnesota has won all six series against AL East teams this season. "It says a lot," Hughes said. "This is a tough division to pitch in, especially on the road. These are some tough ballparks to pitch in. So to be able to come in here and win this series is huge, especially with their offensive ability." Hughes, who posted a 6.43 ERA through his first four starts of the 2014 season, has rebounded in a major way, posting a 2.27 ERA with 55 strikeouts and just three walks over his last 10 starts. Hughes'€™ last start against the Red Sox came on May 15, as the former Yankee held Boston one run over six innings while striking out eight. In 23 games (14 starts) against the Red Sox, Hughes is 5-7 with a 5.40 ERA. Twins vs. Lester (LHP) Joe Mauer (24 plate appearances): .350/.458/.450, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs Kurt Suzuki (18): .250/.333/.250,  4 singles, 2 strikeouts Eduardo Nunez (16): .133/.188/.133, 2 singles, 5 strikeouts Josh Willingham (16): .182/.438/.182, 2 singles, 4 walks Sam Fuld (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 1 RBI Kendrys Morales (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI Trevor Plouffe (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 single, 1 strikeout Brian Dozier (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double Chris Parmelee has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Lester. Red Sox vs. Hughes (RHP)  Dustin Pedroia (33): .290/.333/.645, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs David Ortiz (30): .360/.433/.720, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs A.J. Pierzynski (18): .167/.167/.167, 3 singles, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (13): .231/.231/.231, 3 singles Mike Napoli (12): .417/.417/.917, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs Jonny Gomes (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 4 strikeouts Grady Sizemore (6): .000/.000/.000 David Ross (5): .600/.600/1.200, 1 home run, 1 RBI Jackie Bradley Jr. has one double and two strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Hughes. Xander Bogaerts has one single in three plate appearances vs. Hughes. Stephen Drew has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs, Hughes.