Game 27: Red Sox at Royals

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-16)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RH
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
McDonald LF
Byrd CF
Shoppach C
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 5.19)

ROYALS (9-18)
Dyson CF
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Hosmer 1B
Francoeur RF
Moustakas 3B
Pena C
Getz 2B
Escobar SS
Pitching: LHP Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 5.24)

Game time: 8:10 p.m.


Sox vs. Sanchez: Gonzalez 9-39, Ross 0-6, Byrd 0-3, Shoppach 1-3, Sweeney 1-3, McDonald 0-2, Pedroia 0-1, Ortiz 0-1.

Royals vs. Doubront: No Kansas City player has faced Doubront.

Stat of the Day: Red Sox starters have a 5.88 ERA and opponents have an .828 OPS against them.

Notes: The Sox have lost five straight and six of their last seven. They start the day 7.5 games out of first place. … The Royals have won six of their last 10. … Doubront is facing Kansas City for the first time. … Sanchez is 1-0, 5.68 in two career appearances against the Red Sox. He started against them May 25, 2010 at Fenway, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings. … The Sox are 7-6 on the road. … Aviles returns to Kansas City for the second time since he was obtained last July for RHP Kendal Volz and INF Yamaico Navarro. Aviles hit .286 in 301 games for the Royals from 2008-11. He was a career .278 hitter in 169 games at Kauffman Stadium. … The Sox will face lefties in the next three games. Red Sox hitters lead the majors with a .472 slugging percentage against lefties this season. … Red Sox relievers have thrown 26.2 innings in the last three games.


Song of the Day: “Desperados Under The Eaves” by Warren Zevon.

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