Game 127: Royals at Red Sox

Here’s a preview of the game:

RED SOX (60-66)
Podsednik LF
Pedroia 2B
Ellsbury CF
Ross RF
Gomez 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Lavarnway DH
Aviles SS
Ciriaco 3B
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (3-7, 4.79)

ROYALS (55-69)
Dyson CF
Escobar SS
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Francoeur RF
Hosmer 1B
Abreu 2B
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 3.23)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Stat of the Day: The all-time series between the Sox and Royals is 217-217.

Notes: David Ortiz is out of the lineup after playing one game on his strained right Achilles tendon. … Cook is starting in place of Beckett. He started on Tuesday and threw 85 pitches, so he may be a little limited today. … Guthrie is 3-8, 4.50 in 19 career appearances against the Sox, 17 of them starts. … Podsednik has hit safely in 10 of 11 starts in Boston this season, including seven multi-hit efforts. In 13 home games this season, he is 18 for 40 (.450) with four doubles. He has a .388 career average (33 for 85) at Fenway, hitting safely in 20 of 24 games. … Pedroia has hit safely in 19 of 22 games in August at .348 (31 for 89) with nine doubles, 13 RBI and 18 runs. … Ciriaco is 28 of his last 76 (.368) with six doubles and eight RBIs.

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Song of the Day: “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” by Billy Joel.