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Game 51: Royals at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (27-23)
SS Scutaro
2B Pedroia
DH Ortiz
C Martinez
3B Beltre
RF Drew
1B Lowell
LF Hermida
CF Cameron

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (6-3, 3.07).

ROYALS (21-28)
LF Podsednik
2B Aviles
RF Dejesus
1B Butler
DH Guillen
3B Callaspo
CF Maier
SS Betancourt
C Kendall

Pitching: RHP Zack Greinke (1-5, 3.57).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: After a 6-1 road trip against the first-place Phillies and Rays, the Sox have stumbled to two home losses against the Royals.

Home cooking turns cold: The Sox are 14-13 at home this season.

Big spot for Buch: Clay Buchholz has won each of his last three starts, posting a 1.77 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in his last 14 innings and is 2-1, 2,.01 in three career starts against the Royals. He beat them back on April 11, allowing two runs over five innings.

Sigh Young: It hasn’t been the best of times for reigning Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 3.1 innings against Colorado in his last start. Greinke has allowed eight home runs after allowing 11 all last season.

Greinke is 1-3 with a 3.18 ERA in five career appearances against the Red Sox but this will be his first start at Fenway Park. He pitched 1.2 innings of relief in Boston on July 17, 2007. Greinke took a loss against the Sox in Kansas City on April 10, allowing four runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings.

Victor Martinez (14 of 44), Marco Scutaro (7 of 18), J.D. Drew (4 of 11) and Mike Lowell (4 of 7) have hit Greinke hard. But David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis are each 1 for 10 against him.


Walking into history: Kevin Youkilis has drawn 31 walks this month. New research by the Sox revealed that the only player in team history with more walks in May was Ted Williams, who had 34 in 1946.

Teddy Ballgame, by the way, had 156 walks that season and a .497 on-base percentage to go along with his 38 homers, 123 RBI and 142 runs scored. Go check out his Baseball-Reference.com page. The man basically got on base every other time up for his career.

Slumping: Dustin Pedroia is 9 of his last 60 (.150) with one home run and two RBI. His batting average has dropped from .305 to .259 in 15 games.

Raking: Adrian Beltre is 19 of 39 (.487) over his last 10 games with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI. He is up to .342 on the season, fifth in the American League.

Chack back later for much more.

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