Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (70-46)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (10-6, 4.52).
Pitching: LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.03).
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Chen: Ortiz 7-25, Gomes 5-21, Pedroia 5-11, Napoli 1-11, Ellsbury 3-8, Salty 1-6, Carp 0-3, Lavarnway 1-3, Snyder 0-3, Nava 1-1.
Royals vs. Lester: Butler 4-17, Tejada 8-15, Gordon 2-15, Escobar 1-7, Hosmer 3-6, Johnson 2-7, Moustakas 1-4, Cain 1-4, Dyson 0-3, Kottaras 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Since June 10, opponents are 10 for 93 (.108) against Koji Uehara with three walks and 40 strikeouts.
Notes: After a harder-than-expected series victory in Houston, the Sox have won seven of nine and nine of 12. ... The Royals have won 13 of 15 and start the day 8.5 games out in the Central but only five out in the wild card. ... Lester is 6-2, 1.64 in nine career starts against Kansas City. In his last four games this season, he is 2-1, 4.13. That represents improvement considering he was 2-5, 6.49 in the 10 starts prior to that. ... Chen is 4-6, 5.59 in 19 career appearances (11 starts) against the Sox. He has been a part of Kansas Citys turnaround. After spending all season in the bullpen, Chen has started four straight games and gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. ... The Sox are 1-2 against Kansas City this season. They dropped a doubleheader against the Royals on April 21 at Fenway. ... Gomes is 4 of his last 9 in his last three games with two homers, a double, three walks, and six RBIs. ... Junichi Tazawa (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K last four appearances) has his groove back. ... Drew is 13 of 28 in his last eight games with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs. ... Victorino is 16 of his last 40 with six extra-base hits and six RBIs. He has scored 11 runs in that nine-game stretch. ... The Sox lead baseball in runs, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage, OPS and walks. They are fifth in stolen bases and second in triples. ... Napoli is hitting sixth for the first time this season a Drew moves up to fifth. Ortiz is getting a day off.
Song of the Day: "Midnight to Stevens" by The Clash.