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Game 98: Red Sox, Royals Lineups and Notes

Jon Lester will make his first start since appearing in the MLB All-Star game. John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

The Red Sox are looking to complete a three-game sweep today against the Kansas City Royals with Jon Lester taking the mound at Fenway Park.

Here are today’s lineups.

RED SOX (45-52)
1. Brock Holt 3B
2. Daniel Nava LF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Mike Carp 1B
6. Shane Victorino RF
7. Stephen Drew SS
8. David Ross C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
SP: Jon Lester LHP (9-7, 2.65 ERA)

ROYALS (48-48)
1. Lorenzo Cain CF
2. Omar Infante 2B
3. Eric Hosmer 1B
4. Danny Valencia 3B
5. Alex Gordon LF
6. Billy Butler DH
7. Alcides Escobar SS
8. Brett Hayes C
9. Norichika Aoki RF
SP: Yordano Ventura RHP (7-7, 3.22 ERA)


Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV / Radio: NESN, TBS / WEEI 93.7 FM, WCCM 1110 AM (Spanish)

Notes: A win today would give the Red Sox their first sixth sweep of the year. It would be the fifth sweep at Fenway Park. .. The Sox are 7-7 in July and are looking for their first winning month in 2014. .. The Sox (42-52) are 7.0 games back in the race for the second AL wild card spot and are in last place in the AL East, 8.5 games behind division leading Baltimore. .. A win today would give Lester his 10th win of the year, marking the sixth time in his career he secured at least 10 wins. .. Lester has allowed only one earned run over his past 23.0 innings pitched. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 45.0 innings. .. In Lester’s last start, he struck out 12 in 7.0 innings of work, allowing one run in a 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox July 10. .. Will Middlebrooks, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 17 with a fractured right index finger, had a pretty good day Saturday. He went 2 for 4 with a home run for Triple-A Pawtucket while playing all nine innings at third base. .. Shane Victorino, in his first game back with the Red Sox Saturday, went 1 for 3 with a single in his first at bat since May 23.


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