Game 129: Royals at Red Sox

Good morning everyone. Here’s a preview of this afternoon’s game:

RED SOX (61-67)
Podsednik LF
Pedroia 2B
Ellsbury CF
Ross RF
Loney 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Gomez DH
Aviles SS
Ciriaco 3B

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 6.65 ERA)

ROYALS (56-70)
Dyson CF
Escobar SS
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Cain RF
Hosmer 1B
Giavotella 2B

Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-11, 4.95 ERA)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Stat of the Day: With an announced attendance of 37,188, Sunday’s game was the 781st consecutive sellout for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, dating back to May 15, 2003.

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Notes: Matsuzaka has made only five starts this season. He hasn’t pitched since July 2, when he gave up five runs on four hits in one inning against Oakland. …The Red Sox have had 10 or more hits in five straight games. … 10 of Boston’s last 11 games have been decided by three runs or fewer. The Red Sox are 4-7 in their last 11 games. … Scott Podsednik has hit safely in his last six games and in 24 of his 28 starts for the Red Sox. … Mike Aviles has a hit in all nine games against his former team (13 for 42).