KANSAS CITY - The more you see him, the more you wonder, will Julio Lugo ever get his starting shortstop job back?
If that decision were made right now, you'd have to say absolutely not.
Lowrie, hitting in the No. 2 hole tonight, doubled to the left-center field gap in the fifth to knock in a pair of runs, while David Ortiz's single up the middle scored Lowrie with the third Sox run.
Lowrie has a modest six-game hitting streak going and he's knocked in 11 runs in these six games. You can tell Terry Francona's confidence in Lowrie is growing by having him hit in the No. 2 hole last night, though Francona said Lowrie probably wouldn't stay there very often. Although with a nice hit like that one, the manager may reconsider.
The Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth against Tim Wakefield, cutting the lead to 3-2. Ross Gload knocked in a pair of runs with a single to left field after Billy Butler and Alex Gordon reached on back-to-back hits and a passed ball by Kevin Cash put runners in scoring position.