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Game 17: Royals at Red Sox

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 21, 2013 10:00 AM

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RED SOX (12-4)
Ellsbury CF
Nava RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Salty C
Middlebrooks 3B
Drew SS
Gomes LF
Pitching: Ryan Dempster (0-1, 2.65 ERA).

ROYALS (8-7)
Gordon LF
Escobar SS
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Cain CF
Moose 3B
Francoeur RF
Perez C
Getz 2B
Pitching: Ervin Santana (1-1, 2.45).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Santana: Ortiz 8-28, Pedroia 3-24, Carp 5-20
Ellsbury 6-21, Gomes 3-15, Napoli 6-15, Nava 0-6, Saltalamacchia 1-4, Ciriaco 1-3, Drew 2-3, Victorino 1-2, Ross 0-1.

Royals vs. Dempster: Tejada 8-28, Escobar 2-16, Francoeur 6-17, Getz 4-10, Kottaras 2-7, Butler 3-6, Gordon 2-6, Moustakas 1-6, Hosmer 1-4, Cain 0-2, Perez 1-3, Chen 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Three of Daniel Nava’s four home runs this season have come with the Sox either tied or trailing.

Notes: The Sox have won seven straight, their longest win streak since they won nine straight in 2011. Their 12-4 start is their best since they started the 2002 season with the same record. They are now 15-6 against the Royals at Fenway since 2008. … Despite a 2.65 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 17 innings, Dempster is still winless. As a team, the Sox are 1-2 in Dempster’s starts. He’s getting 3.4 runs worth of support … After his four-hit game Saturday, Lorenzo Cain has seven consecutive hits and is 9-for-12 in the first 3 games of the Royals road trip. He’s hitting .688 (11-for-16) over a 4-game hitting streak … Ervin Santana is three wins from 100. He’s 12-14 lifetime in April. For his career, he is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA against the Sox … The Sox called up 23-year-old righthander Allen Webster for the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader … The Royals added lefthander Will Smith.

Song of the day: “Retrograde,” by James Blake.

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