Preview Minnesota at Boston
(SportsNetwork.com) - From a different perspective, the American League East hasn't been so bad for Phil Hughes.
The right-hander, who began his career with the New York Yankees, will try to continue a resurgence against the AL East with his new team -- the Minnesota Twins -- Tuesday at Fenway Park for game two of a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox.
Hughes was 18-22 with a bloated 5.12 earned run average in 61 starts within the AL East while with the Yankees through the end of last season, but he's already 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts this season in that division, including a 1.65 ERA in the last four.
He tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out eight in the Twins' 10- inning win over Boston on May 15.
Hughes is 3-1 in his last five starts against the Red Sox after going 1-5 in his first nine.
In his last start on Wednesday, he defeated Toronto, 7-2, behind seven scoreless innings.
He's opposed by Boston's Jon Lester, who was a 5-2 winner over Cleveland in his previous start on Thursday after lasting 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs.
One start earlier, he was dinged for 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings of a loss to Detroit.
"A win's a win," Lester said. "A little bit of a grind. Luckily, some of the mistakes I did make were just singles. It was good."
Lester has not faced the Twins since 2012 and he's 1-4 against them in his career.
On Monday, Rubby De La Rosa teamed up with three relievers on a three-hit shutout as the Red Sox edged the Twins, 1-0.
De La Rosa (2-2) surrendered only a Danny Santana single in the third inning and three walks over seven outstanding frames. Burke Badenhop then worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Koji Uehara retired the side in order in the ninth to nail down his 31st consecutive regular-season save opportunity.
A.J. Pierzynski drove in the game's only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly that plated Daniel Nava, the only blemish on Minnesota starter Kevin Correia's six innings of work.
Correia (3-8) yielded just five hits and a walk in the hard-luck loss.