Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (76-48)
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (6-5, 4.90)
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.