Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (12-16)
Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard (2-3, 4.38)
Pitching: LHP Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.57)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WRKO
Royals vs. Bard: Butler 2-6, Francoeur 0-3, Gordon 0-3, Hosmer 0-3, Pena 0-2, Escobar 0-1, Getz 0-1.
Red Sox vs. Duffy: Gonzalez 1-3, McDonald 2-5, Pedroia 2-5, Shoppach 0-3, Sweeney 1-2, Ortiz 2-2.
Stat of the Day: Middlebrooks has nine RBIs in his first four games in the majors. Only five other players have accomplished that feat. However it’s not an august list: Jack Merson (1951), Joe Cunningham (1954), Dave Kingman (1971), Arquimedez Pozo (1995 and ’96) and Mike Jacobs (2005).
Notes: The Sox are 8-6 on the road with wins in seven of their last eight games. … The Sox lead the all-time series with the Royals 216-215 after winning on Monday night. … The Sox have scored 10-plus runs eight times, the most in the majors. … Bard is 0-2, 2.61 in nine career appearances against the Royals, all in relief. … Duffy, 23, is 0-1, 7.45 in two career starts against the Sox. His line in those two games: 9.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 8 K. … Boston batters lead the majors with a .513 slugging percentage against lefties and are tied with Texas for the lost home runs against a lefty with 31. … Happy birthday Adrian Gonzalez. He is 30 today.
Song of the Day: “Here’s Looking At You, Kid” by The Gaslight Anthem.