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At quarter-pole, Sox like what they see

At quarter-pole, Sox like what they see

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Red Sox arrived at the ceremonial quarter-pole with Sunday's game and the journey has been a positive one.

One-fourth of the way through the 2008 season, manager Terry Francona will take his team's 96-win pace and not look back.

"Our record is where we deserve to be, because that's what it is," Francona said. "You win some close ones, you lose a couple of tough ones. But we seem to give ourselves a chance almost every night.

"Sometimes when you do that, you win a couple of crazy games. I think good teams do that. You always give yourself a chance, and if you have a good bullpen and guys that play, you'll win some games like that. We have."

The Red Sox will try to start the next section of their season on Monday night by salvaging a split of the four-game set in Minnesota.

Even with Curt Schilling on the disabled list, it's a "so far, so good" scenario for Boston.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
Buchholz did not look good in his last start on Wednesday. He allowed five runs on 10 hits in just four innings while making his first career start against Detroit. Buchholz will be facing the Twins for the first time.

MIN: RHP Livan Hernandez (5-1, 3.83 ERA)
In his first career start against the White Sox on Wednesday, Hernandez delivered his 44th complete game. The crafty veteran held Chicago to just one run on seven hits, with the lone run coming on a Jermaine Dye solo homer.

Tidbits
Mike Timlin appeared in his 1,023rd game on Sunday, moving him into eighth place on the all-time appearance list. Timlin moved past Lee Smith and Jose Mesa. ... The Red Sox fell to 8-16 at the Metrodome since the start of the 2001 season. ... The Red Sox are hitting .336 with 16 homers over their last 10 games.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• NESN, ESPN

On radio
• WRKO 680, SBN 1150 (Español)

Up next
• Tuesday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 4-2, 3.70) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 1-3, 4.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 2-2, 4.06) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 3-1, 3.54), 3:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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