Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (1-3)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (0-0, 9.64).
Pitching: RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 1.50).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: Boston has lost three straight after last night’s 4-3 setback. Leading 3-2, the Sox have up two runs in the eighth inning to waste a strong effort by Tim Wakefield.
Bullpen blow-up: The Red Sox bullpen has put 21 runners on base via hit or walk over 13.1 innings. The two set-up men, Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima, have put 11 on base over six innings.
Risky business: The Red Sox are 7 of 37 (.189) with runners in scoring position.
Good to see you again: Beckett is 5-0, 2.03 in seven career starts against the Royals, 3-0, 2.66 in four starts at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have hit .214 against him.
Zack attack: Greinke is 1-2, 2.49 in his last four appearances against the Red Sox. But several of the Red Sox have good career numbers against him including Martinez (14 of 41), Drew (3 for 8), Scutaro (6 of 16) and Lowell (3 of 4).
Running men: The Royals have stolen seven games. They didn’t get to that many until their 19th game last season.
Road to ruin: The Red Sox are 39-43 on the road the last two seasons.
On the iPod right now: Redemption Song by Johnny Cash (with Joe Strummer).
Back with much more later on.