Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (70-48)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-5, 3.56).
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (12-7, 3.96).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Guthrie: Pedroia 16-49, Ellsbury 16-42, Ortiz 13-38 (3 HR), Napoli 6-16 (2 HR), Salty 6-12, Gomes 3-9, Carp 5-9 (2 HR), Victorino 2-6, Nava 1-4, Middlebrooks 0-3, Lavarnway 1-1.
Royals vs. Doubront: Gordon 2-6, Butler 0-5, Escobar 2-5, Hosmer 1-5, Dyson 2-4, Cain 1-2, Johnson 0-2, Moustakas 1-3, Hayes 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Red Sox players are hitting a collective .371/.437/.667 in 213 career plate appearances against Guthrie.
Notes: The Sox are 2-3 on their 10-game road trip but still lead the division after the Dodgers came back to beat the Rays in the bottom of the ninth inning. ... Sox pitchers have allowed 27 earned runs on 41 hits over 34 innings in the last four games. ... Doubront is 5-4 with a 2.55 ERA in his last 15 games. Since May 16, he has the 11th-lowest ERA among starters in baseball. Doubront was 1-0 in two starts against Kansas City last season, albeit with a 5.56 ERA. ... Guthrie is 3-8, 4.94 in 21 career appearances against the Sox, 19 of them starts. Guthrie is 17-10,3.36 in 37 starts for the Royals since being acquired from Colorado on July 20, 2012. Guthrie was 50-74, 4.37 before he joined the Royals. ... Ortiz drove in his 1,400th career run on Friday. That's 73rd all-time and fourth among active players. Only Alex Rodriguez (1,950), Albert Pujols (1,498) and Jason Giambi (1,430) have more. ... Ortiz is 10 of his last 14 with three RBIs. ... Red Sox third basemen (Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder) are 5 of 37 since the trade of Jose Iglesias, 0 for their last 18. That's what led to the recall of Middlebrooks. ... Drew has a 10-game hit streak (16 of 37) with three extra-base hits and eight RBIs.
Song of the Day: "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" by The Police.