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Game 128: Royals at Red Sox

Posted by Leonard Neslin  August 26, 2012 10:00 AM

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RED SOX (60-67)
Ciriaco 3B
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ross RF
Loney 1B
Lavarnway C
Gomez DH
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.70)

ROYALS (56-69)
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Perez C
Francoeur RF
Giavotella 2B
Hosmer 1B
Abreu 3B

Pitching: LHP Will Smith (4-5, 5.40)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Stat of the Day: Saturday's 10-9 loss marked the sixth time this season the Red Sox have lost when they scored at least eight runs.

Notes: James Loney will make his Red Sox debut today. ... David Ortiz might be returning to the disabled list after playing one game on his strained right Achilles tendon. ... Doubront is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four starts. ... Smith will make his first career appearance against the Red Sox. ... Alfredo Aceves will not be available tonight, as the team suspended him for three games after he stormed out of Bobby Valentine's office, upset about Andrew Bailey closing Friday's game. ... Podsednik has hit safely in 11 of 12 starts in Boston this season, including eight multi-hit efforts. In 13 home games this season, he is 20 for 46 (.435) with four doubles. ... Pedroia has hit safely in 20 of 23 games in August at .340 (32 for 94) with 10 doubles, 13 RBI and 19 runs. ... Ciriaco is 30 of his last 81 (.370) with six doubles and eight RBIs.

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