Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (70-46)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (10-6, 4.52).
Pitching: LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.03).
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Chen: Ortiz 7-25, Gomes 5-21, Pedroia 5-11, Napoli 1-11, Ellsbury 3-8, Salty 1-6, Carp 0-3, Lavarnway 1-3, Snyder 0-3, Nava 1-1.
Royals vs. Lester: Butler 4-17, Tejada 8-15, Gordon 2-15, Escobar 1-7, Hosmer 3-6, Johnson 2-7, Moustakas 1-4, Cain 1-4, Dyson 0-3, Kottaras 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Since June 10, opponents are 10 for 93 (.108) against Koji Uehara with three walks and 40 strikeouts.
Notes: After a harder-than-expected series victory in Houston, the Sox have won seven of nine and nine of 12. … The Royals have won 13 of 15 and start the day 8.5 games out in the Central but only five out in the wild card. … Lester is 6-2, 1.64 in nine career starts against Kansas City. In his last four games this season, he is 2-1, 4.13. That represents improvement considering he was 2-5, 6.49 in the 10 starts prior to that. … Chen is 4-6, 5.59 in 19 career appearances (11 starts) against the Sox. He has been a part of Kansas Citys turnaround. After spending all season in the bullpen, Chen has started four straight games and gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. … The Sox are 1-2 against Kansas City this season. They dropped a doubleheader against the Royals on April 21 at Fenway. … Gomes is 4 of his last 9 in his last three games with two homers, a double, three walks, and six RBIs. … Junichi Tazawa (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K last four appearances) has his groove back. … Drew is 13 of 28 in his last eight games with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs. … Victorino is 16 of his last 40 with six extra-base hits and six RBIs. He has scored 11 runs in that nine-game stretch. … The Sox lead baseball in runs, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage, OPS and walks. They are fifth in stolen bases and second in triples. … Napoli is hitting sixth for the first time this season a Drew moves up to fifth. Ortiz is getting a day off.
Song of the Day: “Midnight to Stevens” by The Clash.