Here are the lineups for the final game of the series:
RED SOX (2-3)
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida RF
Mike Cameron CF
Bill Hall SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (season debut).
Scott Podsednik LF
Mitch Maier RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Billy Butler 1B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jose Guillen DH
Jason Kendall C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Chris Getz 2B
Pitching: RHP Gil Meche (season debut).
Game time: 2:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox snapped a three-game losing streak last night with an 8-3 victory against the Royals. They will try and win their first series of the season this afternoon before leaving for Minnesota and a three-game series that starts tomorrow at the new Target Field.
Run prevention works: The Red Sox have turned six double-play grounders in 27 opportunities (plate appearances with a runner on first base and fewer than two outs) this season. That’s 22.2 percent. Last season they turned a double play only 8.4 percent of the time.
That telling stat brought to you by Chuck Waseleki. Thanks, Chuck.
It’s gone: The Red Sox hit five home runs last night. They had three in the first four games of the season.
The Buch stops here: Clay Buchholz threw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday, having had his first turn in the rotation delayed. The righthander was 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA last season. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against the Royals.
The Red Sox delayed Buchholz because they wanted Josh Beckett to stay on regular rest. That worked out well as Beckett went seven strong innings last night.
Roster Mechinations: Gil Meche will be coming off the disabled list to make this start. He was out with shoulder bursitis. Meche was 6-10, 5.09 last season and is 5-3 with a 4.26 ERA against the Red Sox in his career.
On the iPod right now: Until The Good Is Gone by Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.
Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 10:27 a.m.: This is the first appearance of the year for Hall. It’s also the first appearance of the season for Maier.
Ankiel is 6 of 8 in the series with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.