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Game 126: Royals at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 24, 2012 03:39 PM

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RED SOX (59-66)
Ciriaco 3B
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Lavarnway C
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (7-10, 5.03).

ROYALS (55-68)
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Francoeur RF
Moustakas 3B
Pena C
Hosmer 1B
Giavotella 2B
Pitching: LHP Bruce Chen (9-10, 5.45)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Stat of the Day: From the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has hit .386 in 40 career games against the Royals, the best average in major league history against the Royals (min. 125 plate appearances).

Notes: The Sox have lost four straight and 11 of their last 15. They also have lost nine of their last 11 games at Fenway Park. ... The Sox are 1-2 against the Royals this season and only 10-8 against Kansas City the last three seasons. ... Lester lasted only five innings against Kansas City on May 9, throwing 105 pitches. The lefty has been strong in his last two starts, allowing two earned runs over 13 innings and striking out 18. Given how their bullpen was used on Thursday, the Sox need Lester to go deep into this game. ... Kansas City has won six of its last nine games. ... David Ortiz, who is expected to be in the lineup, would be playing for the first time since July 16 when he strained his right Achilles tendon. He did not play in any minor league rehab games. ... The Sox the AL lead with a 23-16 mark record when facing a lefthanded starter this season.

Song of the Day: "Join Me In L.A."by Warren Zevon.

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