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Terry Francona celebrated his 50th birthday in grand style on Wednesday, with his Red Sox squad sweeping both games of a doubleheader against the Twins. The Sox scored 17 runs in the process while winning their seventh straight game overall after a 2-6 start.
Tim Wakefield (2-1) pitched his second straight complete game, going seven innings and allowing just one run to earn the win. The game was called after seven innings due to rain, and the Red Sox won 10-1. Kevin Youkilis, Nick Green, and Mike Lowell all homered to lead the charge.
After a 47-minute rain delay, Brad Penny got the ball in the nightcap. He was effective for the Sox, who broke out special green uniforms to commemorate Earth Day. Penny allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings to improve to 2-1 on the season, helping the Sox to a 7-3 win. Jeff Bailey, playing for the injured Rocco Baldelli, hit a three-run blast in the second inning to help the Sox get their seventh straight win.