Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew Among Those Likely Eager to Face Twins Starter Carl Pavano

Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew Among Those Likely Eager to Face Twins Starter Carl Pavano Several Red Sox hitters will be licking their chops when they step in to face Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano on Sunday at Fenway Park.

The six starters who have faced Pavano in the past are a combined 28-for-69 (.406) with five doubles and two home runs against the one-time Boston prospect.

Carl Crawford, who is batting .407 (11-for-27) in May, leads the way. He is a .393 (11-for-28) hitter against Pavano. Crawford will be batting eighth in front of Jason Varitek, who is 4-for-10 vs. the Twins righty.

Designated hitter David Ortiz and right fielder J.D. Drew, batting fifth and sixth in the lineup, are a combined 11-for-22 (.500) against Pavano.

Jacoby Ellsbury carries a 16-game hitting streak into Sunday's contest. He is batting .362 (25-for-69) during the run and leads Boston with nine stolen bases.

With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound, here is the entire Red Sox batting order, followed by that of the Twins:

Boston

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
J.D. Drew, RF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Jason Varitek, C

Minnesota

Denard Span, CF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Danny Valencia, 3B
Ben Revere, LF
Drew Butera, C
Alexi Casilla, 2B

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