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CIN@BOS: Doubront gives up one run over 5 1/3 frames

David Ortiz will never forget the sting of being released by the Minnesota Twins after the 2002 season. And he will never stop enjoying hitting home runs against them.

In Tuesday's 8-6 loss to his former team, Ortiz clocked two homers amid a 4-for-5, four-RBI night.

When it comes to Ortiz at Target Field, or against the Twins in general, it is pretty much par for the course.

The lefty slugger will try to pad his numbers in the final two games of this series.

In 55 career games against the Twins, Ortiz is a .345 hitter (72-for-209) with 17 homers and 47 RBIs.

At Target Field, which opened in 2010, Big Papi has been ridiculous, going 25-for-48 with seven homers and 20 RBIs.

What is it Ortiz likes so much about hitting at Target Field?

"What do I like? Whupping the Twins …," said Ortiz.

At the age of 38, Ortiz remains productive and motivated.

"Every day," said Ortiz. "I don't even know what the park looks like here. I just come to play the game, man. I don't care about the park."

In Wednesday's game, Ortiz will take aim at Twins starter Kevin Correia, who has struggled so far this season after being a solid backend starter last year with a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts.

He has a 6.34 ERA entering Wednesday, and is coming off a rough start against the Indians on Thursday. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a season-high four walks with five strikeouts.

Correia has been hurt by one bad inning in several of his outings, including a two-run fifth that knocked him out of his last start against the Indians.

"I think I made a few too many pitches the first few innings and it just kind of caught up to me in the fifth," said Correia. "I don't feel like I really struggled until the last inning. I threw a few too many pitches early, the first warm day we've had, to get upwards of 90 pitches into the fifth inning, it will take its toll on you. I think the fifth was just a turning point where I could have turned it into a good inning or a bad one, and it just turned the other way."

Correia did have a season-high five strikeouts in that start, but also gave up a season-high four walks.

"I'd much rather put guys away when I can," Correia said." Usually when I get behind, I'm pretty good at making that pitch to get out of it, but I just missed a couple."

The Red Sox will send left-hander Felix Doubront to the hill. Doubrount, who enters Wednesday's contest with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts this season, was switched with Jake Peavy on Tuesday.

Thanks to the flexibility provided by recent off-days, manager John Farrell opted to flip-flop the two pitchers.

Peavy got the ball Tuesday night, which means he can also pitch the finale of the three-game series against the Tigers on Sunday.

Red Sox: Bradley making difference on 'D'
Rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to struggle offensively, taking a .219 average into Wednesday's game. But his impact is felt in just about every game in center field.

"As far as his game, his overall game, Jackie is someone who's impacting the game every time he walks on the field. He's been outstanding defensively," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's given us a little bit more of an understanding of what he's going to provide for us on both sides of the ball.

"We know there's going to be further improvement and growth from an offensive standpoint. He's put up a number of good at-bats with runners in scoring position. He's a young guy that's learning along the way, and he's becoming a little more dependable in knowing what we're going to get."

Twins: Willingham nearing rehab assignment
Left fielder Josh Willingham took batting practice on the field before Tuesday's game against the Red Sox without any issues, and is nearing a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester. He's scheduled to hit again on Wednesday, and could start his rehab assignment by this weekend.

"He was whacking it pretty good. I talked to him and his hand feels good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I asked him if he's going to wear some sort of guard, but he didn't think so, other than maybe when running the bases. So he's moving on the up and up here. So a few more days of BP on the field and then we'll get him on a rehab. He needs some at-bats, so it'll take some time, but we're happy to have him on the field for BP."

Worth noting:
• David Ortiz's next home run will be his 383rd with the Red Sox, putting him ahead of Jim Rice for third on the club's all-time list.

• The Red Sox had won six in a row at Target Field before Tuesday's walk-off loss.

• The triple Xander Bogaerts hit in Tuesday's game was the first of his career.

• Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has 25 RBIs, the most of any catcher this season. Comments