Monday May 09, 2011 | 05:28 AM

The Boston Red Sox last won a series April 21-24 when they swept the Angels. Since then, Boston keeps threatening to break out, but then falls back, now with a 16-18 record.

Boston tries to win 3-of-4 against the Twins tonight at 7.

Josh Beckett pitches tonight, then Jon Lester and John Lackey in Toronto. Thursday is a day off, before the Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium for the weekend.

In the National League, former Sea Dogs right-hander Anibal Sanchez (shown left, in 2005) keeps coming close to pitching his second career no-hitter. For the second time this season, he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He struck out 11 and is 2-1 with a 3.46. Sanchez came to the Marlins organization in the Josh Beckett/Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez trade.

The Sox minor league teams combined for 7 runs on Sunday - and Pawtucket scored five of them. Catcher Michael McKenry, who would likely be the one called up if there was an injury in Boston, went 1-for-3. He's batting .340, but in only 14 games played.

Michael Bowden (1.93) pitched one inning (2 K).

With the Pawtucket bullpen thin because of call-ups, Dennis Neuman, 21, was summoned from low Class A Greenville. He had a 6.59 ERA in Greenville, but threw two scoreless innings in Triple-A (1 H, 1 K).

The Sea Dogs got good pitching performances from Alex Wilson (now 3.68 ERA) and Tommy Hottovy (2.04), but lost 4-1. See the story.

Salem managed only four hits, but Reynaldo Rodriguez (.340) and Kolbrin Vitek (.333) had all of them, each with two.

Barring a change in itinerary, I will check back later from Fenway.



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