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Game 16: Royals at Red Sox

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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Good morning. Here are today's lineups:

RED SOX (11-4)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava LF
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Ross C
Pitching: Clay Buchholz (3-0, 0.41 ERA).

ROYALS (8-6)
Gordon LF
Escobar SS
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Cain CF
Moustakas 3B
Francoeur RF
Perez C
Getz 2B
Pitching: James Shields (1-2, 3.43).

Game time: 1:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI-FM.

Red Sox vs. Shields: Pedroia 17-55, Ellsbury 11-49, Napoli 6-21, Saltalamacchia 0-14, Nava 2-8, Carp 1-4, Middlebrooks 3-3, Victorino 2-3, Drew 1-3, Ciriaco 0-3, Gomes 1-2.

Royals vs. Buchholz: Butler 2-9, Tejada 2-8, Gordon 3-4, Johnson 1-5, Getz 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Clay Buchholz has won his past three starts against the Royals and had a 0.96 ERA. His 2.19 career ERA against them is his lowest against any American League team.

Notes: The Sox’ six-game win streak is the second-longest active streak in baseball behind the Colorodo Rockies, who have won seven straight. The Sox haven’t won seven in a row since June 2011. ... David Ortiz is back in the lineup for the first time since last Aug. 24, when he re-injured his strained right Achilles' tendon. He was 4 of 18 in five games with Pawtucket during a rehab stint. He is a career .280/.373/.503 hitter against the Royals in 103 games. ... Jacoby Ellsbury is a major-league best 7 for his first 7 on stolen base attempts. ... The Royals have been in Boston since Thursday and were told to stay in their hotel amid the city's safety concerns. They will wear "B Strong" patches on their uniforms this weekend. … They have lost 7 of their last 10 at Fenway and were outscored 64-42 in those games … James Shields, who was the centerpiece of a seven-player deal with the Rays over the winter, is 2-9 at Fenway with a 5.86 ERA. ... Clay Buchholz is 3-1 all-time against the Royals but hasn’t seen them since April 2010, when he gave up two runs over five innings and earned the win. ... After going 2 for his last 30, Will Middlebrooks got the last day in Cleveland off. Last year, on May 7 against the Royals, he went 3 for 3 with a two home runs, a double and five RBIs … Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 0 for 14 all time against Shields with five strikeouts … The Sox are 10-0 when scoring first this season.

Song of the day: The Star-Spangled Banner," by Rene Rancourt and friends, live, Sabres vs. Bruins at TD Garden, Apr. 17, 2013.

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