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Game 50: Royals at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 28, 2010 02:30 PM

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It's Game 2 of the series. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (27-22)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Mike Cameron CF

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-2, 4.44).

ROYALS (20-28)
Scott Podsednik LF
Mike Aviles 2B
David DeJesus RF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Mitch Maier CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jason Kendall C

Pitching: RHP Kyle Davies (3-3, 4.53).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WRKO.

State of the Sox: Despite last night's 4-3 loss, the Sox have won five of six, eight of 10 and 16 of their last 24.

Welcome back: Martinez is starting for the first time since Monday, when he took a foul tip off his left big toe and had to leave the game. He pinch hit last night and grounded out. He has caught all of Wakefield's starts season, so the timing is certainly good.

However, Ortiz is staying in the No. 3 spot of the lineup. He has been there since Wednesday and is 3 for 8 with a home run, two RBI and two walks.

Tim time: Wakefield's last five appearances have been terrific. Over 21.1 innings, he has allowed four runs on 13 hits and three walks.

Wakefield faced the Royals on April 9, allowed two runs over seven innings. He did not get a decision. Wakefield is 11-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 27 career appearances against the Royals, 20 of them starts.

Start him up: Wakefield has allowed three runs over 15 innings in his last two starts.

Pitching prowess: Sox hurlers have a 2.14 ERA over the last nine games.

The Youk report: Kevin Youkilis is hitting .361 this month with 29 walks (only one of them intentional, by the way). The only Red Sox player to ever have more walks in May was Carl Yastrzemski in 1971, when he had 30. ... Youkilis has reached base safely via hit or walk in 26 straight games.

Hot hitters: J.D. Drew is 34 of his last 94 (.362) with four homers and 20 RBI. ... David Ortiz is 26 of his last 72 (.361) with nine homers and 23 RBI over 20 games. ... Adrian Beltre is 17 of 35 over his last nine games with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI.

Cold hitters: Dustin Pedroia is 9 of his last 55 (.164) with one home run and two RBI over the last 14 games. ... Mike Lowell has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.

Manny's the man: Manny Delcarmen has an 0.92 WHIP and a 1.88 ERA. Opponents are hitting .127 against him.

Big, bad Bard: Daniel Bard has not allowed an earned run on his last eight innings. Opponents are 2 for 25 against him in that stretch.

Davies do-over: The Sox faced Davies on April 9 in Kansas City. He allowed three runs over six innings in a 4-3 KC victory.

No good against two bad teams: The Sox are 4-6 against the Royals and Orioles this season.

On the iPod right now: Story of My Life by Social Distortion.

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