Game 124: Red Sox at Royals

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (75-48)
Ellsbury CF
Aviles SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Lowrie 3B
Lavarnway DH
Crawford LF
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald RF

Pitching: LHP Andrew Miller (4-1, 5.40)

ROYALS (51-74)
Gordon LF
Cabrera CF
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Francoeur RF
Giavotella 2B
Pena C
Moustakas 3B
Escobar SS

Pitching: LHP Jeff Francis (4-13, 4.76)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.


Notes: Miller is making his first start since July 31. He has pitched since, throwing three innings of relief. He last pitched on Aug. 10, so rust and control could be issues. He is 0-2, 11.08 in five games against Kansas City in his career and this season allowed five runs in 3.2 innings on July 26. … Francis is 1-7, 5.26 in his last 11 starts. His lone career regular-season appearance against the Sox was on June 14, 2007 when he was with the Rockies and threw five shutout innings. Francis also started Game 1 of the 2007 World Series and allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings. … The only players in the lineup with experience against Francis are Gonzalez (6 for 31), Aviles (2 for 6), Pedroia (2 for 6) and Ellsbury (0 for 2). … The Sox have scored 12 runs in their last five games. … The So are 3-2 against Kansas City this season. … Crawford is 1 of his last 18 with nine strikeouts. … Salty starts the game riding an 0-for-11 streak. … The Sox are 9-8 in August.


Stat of the Day: The Sox are 94-117 at Kauffman Stadium, 12-11 under Terry Francona.

Song of the Day: “People (We’re Only Gonna Live So Long)” by Alejandro Escovedo.

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