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Game 125: Red Sox at Royals

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 20, 2011 03:00 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (76-48)
Scutaro SS
Aviles 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Reddick RF
Saltalamacchia C
Crawford LF
Lavarnway DH
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (6-5, 4.90)

ROYALS (51-75)
Gordon LF
Cabrera CF
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Francoeur RF
Moustakas 3B
Perez C
Getz 2B
Escobar SS

Pitching: RHP Felipe Paulino (1-4, 3.45)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: It's take five for Tim Wakefield in his quest for 200 wins. Wakefield last won on July 24. He is 0-2 in four starts since despite having pitched pretty well, allowing 13 earned runs over 28.2 innings. ... Only five of the Royals have faced Wakefield before. But Cabrera and Gordon are a combined 10 for 21 against him. Wakefield is 11-7, 4.26 in 28 career games against the Royals but 1-2, 7.03 in six games over the last five years. ... Paulino is facing the Red Sox for the first time in his four seasons in the majors. Only Aviles (3 for 3), Gonzalez (0 for 3) and Saltalamacchia (0 for 2) have faced him before. ... The Sox are 38-18 on the road. ... Aviles is 12 of 39 for the Sox since being acquired from the Royals. ... Cool hitters: Crawford (2 for 23, 9 K) and Pedroia (6 for 25). ... The Sox have a team ERA of 3.87, the lowest it has been all season. ... The Royals have 43 outfield assists, the most in the majors. KC has thrown 21 runners out at the plate, the most for an outfield since the Phillies had 22 in 2001. Gordon, a former third baseman, had 19 of the assists. Cabrera and Francoeur have 12 each.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games despite their opponent scoring first each time.

Song of the Day: "Eyes On The Prize" by Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band, live in Dublin.

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