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Game 100: Royals at Red Sox

Here are today’s lineups:

RED SOX (62-37)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Crawford LF
Reddick RF
Saltalamacchia C
Scutaro SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (10-4, 3.31)

ROYALS (42-59)
Gordon LF
Cabrera CF
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Francoeur RF
Aviles 3B
Pena C
Escobar SS
Getz 2B

Pitching: RHP Kyle Davies (1-9, 7.32)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


Notes: Another day, another series against an AL basement-dweller. Tonight’s game opens a four-game series against the Royals, who are last in the AL Central, 12 games behind the division-leading Tigers. … The Red Sox have won four straight games, and they have a season-high nine consecutive wins at Fenway Park. … Dustin Pedroia’s career-high hit streak stands at 21 games. … Tonight will be Jon Lester’s first start since July 5. He’s been on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle. … Adrian Gonzalez had three hits Sunday, which makes him the Major League leader in games with three hits. He’s done it 18 times this season. … Carl Crawford is 9 for 24 (.375) since returning from the disabled list a week ago.


Stat of the day: Yesterday, the Red Sox batted around in both the first and fifth innings (scoring five runs in each inning). The Sox have batted around 22 times this season.

Song of the day: “That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker” by O.A.R. Just because it’s a great song and my current ringtone.


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