Here is the lineup:
RED SOX (74-48)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (9-5, 2.40)
Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (8-9, 4.89)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: The Sox have lost two straight, four of five and five of seven. ... They start the day a half-game behind the Yankees in the division. ... The Sox are 2-2 against the Royals this season and 6-5 over the last two years. ... The Sox are hitting .253/.308/.418 in August and averaging 3.9 runs a game. ... Crawford is hitless in his last 14 at-bats with seven strikeouts. ... Reddick is 3 of his last 26 over nine games, dropping his batting average from .343 to .306. ... The Sox are 9 for 86 (.105) in the last three games with five runs scored, five walks and 22 strikeouts. ... Lowrie is 4 for 27 (.148) with one RBI since coming off the disabled list. ... Melky Cabrera has hit safely in 10 straight at 16 of 40 (.400). ... Royals reliever Louis Coleman has allowed two runs earned in 18 innings since the All-Star break. ... Beckett is coming off a five-inning start against Seattle when he allowed five runs in the first inning. ... Beckett is 6-1, 2.44 in nine career starts against the Royals. The loss came on July 28 when he allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings. ... Hochevar beat Beckett on July 28, allowing two runs over seven innings. He is 2-3, 6.67 in five career starts against the Sox.
Stat of the Day: Dan Wheeler has not allowed a run in his last nine outings, a stretch of 10.2 innings. He has scattered six hits, walked three and struck out 10.
Song of the Day: "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads.