Game 4: Red Sox at Royals

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (1-2)
Ellsbury LF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Cameron CF
Scutaro SS

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (11-5, 4.58 last season).

ROYALS (1-2)
DeJesus RF
Podsednik LF
Callaspo 3B
Butler 1B
Ankiel CF
Guillen DH
Kendall C
Betancourt SS
Getz 2B

Pitching: RHP Kyle Davies (8-9, 5.27 last season).

Game time: 8:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Red Sox start a six-game, seven-day road trip with the Royals after losing two of three at game against the Yankees.

Royal pain: Kansas City is one of the worst teams in baseball. But the Sox are only 18-12 against them the last four seasons and 6-7 at Kauffman Stadium.


Pitching problems: The Red Sox allowed 16 walks and four home runs during the Yankees series. The bullpen’s line was not impressive: 12.1 innings, 11 hits, 6 earned runs, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts, 2 home runs.

Papelbon’s slump: In his last three games that counted (going back to Game 3 of the Division Series last season), Jonathan Papelbon has allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. He has one strikeout in that stretch and threw only 43 of 70 pitches for strikes.

The clutch is stuck: The Sox are 6 of 29 with runners in scoring position this season.

In the Wake of history: Tim Wakefield starts the day with 189 career wins, 175 with the Red Sox. He is 11-6, 3.90 against the Royals in his career.

They meet again: Davies has faced the Red Sox once before in his career and pitched well. That was on May 21, 2005 when, as an Atlanta Brave, he threw five scoreless innings at Fenway Park.

On the iPod right now: “Everybody Went Low” by John Hiatt.

Back with more later on.

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