Game 123: Red Sox at Royals

Here is the lineup:

RED SOX (74-48)
Ellsbury CF
Lowrie 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Reddick RF
Crawford LF
Lavarnway DH
Varitek C
Aviles SS

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (9-5, 2.40)

ROYALS (51-73)
Gordon LF
Cabrera CF
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Francoeur RF
Giavotella 2B
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Escobar SS

Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (8-9, 4.89)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Sox have lost two straight, four of five and five of seven. … They start the day a half-game behind the Yankees in the division. … The Sox are 2-2 against the Royals this season and 6-5 over the last two years. … The Sox are hitting .253/.308/.418 in August and averaging 3.9 runs a game. … Crawford is hitless in his last 14 at-bats with seven strikeouts. … Reddick is 3 of his last 26 over nine games, dropping his batting average from .343 to .306. … The Sox are 9 for 86 (.105) in the last three games with five runs scored, five walks and 22 strikeouts. … Lowrie is 4 for 27 (.148) with one RBI since coming off the disabled list. … Melky Cabrera has hit safely in 10 straight at 16 of 40 (.400). … Royals reliever Louis Coleman has allowed two runs earned in 18 innings since the All-Star break. … Beckett is coming off a five-inning start against Seattle when he allowed five runs in the first inning. … Beckett is 6-1, 2.44 in nine career starts against the Royals. The loss came on July 28 when he allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings. … Hochevar beat Beckett on July 28, allowing two runs over seven innings. He is 2-3, 6.67 in five career starts against the Sox.

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Stat of the Day: Dan Wheeler has not allowed a run in his last nine outings, a stretch of 10.2 innings. He has scattered six hits, walked three and struck out 10.

Song of the Day: “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads.