Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (62-38)
Pitching: LHP Andrew Miller (4-1, 4.65).
Pitching: LHP Danny Duffy (2-4, 4.58)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: As Clay Buchholz starts down the comeback trail, these starts become rotation auditions for Miller. The Sox are 5-1 in the games he has started, but that is thanks largely to good run support and bullpen work. He has a 6.75 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP in his last three starts, lasting only 13.1 innings. … Miller is 0-2, 10.61 in four career games against the Royals but has not faced them since 2008. … Duffy, 22, is a former third-round pick (2007) who will be making his 12th start in the majors. He is facing the Sox for the first time. … Ellsbury has hit in seven straight at 13 of 31 (.419) with three homers and seven RBIs. … Ellsbury has not stolen a base since July 6 (or attempted one, either). … Reddick is hitting .364/.414/.659 in 28 games since being called up. … Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed a run in his last five outings. … Unsung hero Matt Albers has not allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings. … Daniel Bard is riding a streak of 24 outings and 25 innings without allowing an earned run.
Stat of the Day: Pedroia’s 22-game hit streak is the longest for a Red Sox second baseman since Del Pratt hit in 23 straight during the 1922 season. Pratt played only two seasons for the Red Sox (1921-22) and hit .312.
Song of the Day: “Up The Junction” by Squeeze.