Red Sox look to extend winning streak

Red-hot Sox look to extend winning streak

Two teams that are going in completely opposite directions converge on Friday night at the Metrodome. The Red Sox ride into town in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. The Twins, who were swept last weekend at Fenway Park, have lost nine of their last 11.

Bronson Arroyo will take the ball for the Red Sox, fresh off beating the Twins one week ago. Brad Radke, who took a no-decision in his start last Sunday against the Sox, will look for a better result this time.

This is Boston's first visit to the Metrodome since last July, when the Twins took two out of three.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Bronson Arroyo
• 9-6, 4.22 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 3.68 ERA vs. MIN in 2005

MIN: RHP Brad Radke
• 6-10, 3.88 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 3.86 ERA vs. BOS in 2005

Player to watch
The Red Sox hope to get slugger Manny Ramirez back in the lineup. He is hitting .369 lifetime against Radke with six doubles and six homers. Ramirez suffered a collision with teammate Edgar Renteria on Wednesday.

"Nothing's definite. [Keith Foulke is] doing well and coming back. The hope is that we have Keith Foulke closing games for us in the postseason. If he's closing, I would imagine I would probably end up in the rotation at some point. But you can't guarantee anything the way things are going." -- Curt Schilling

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• BOS: UPN-38 (local markets), NESN (out of market)

On radio
• BOS: WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Quick hits
The Red Sox have 30 comeback victories this season. ... The Red Sox are 40-19 outside the American League East. ... The Red Sox have produced double-digit scoring outputs in 11 games this season.

On deck
• Saturday: at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. ET
• Monday: vs. Texas, 7:05 p.m. ET

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