Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (12-17)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 4.62)
Pitching: LHP Bruce Chen (0-4, 4.98)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Royals vs. Lester: Butler 3-12, Gordon 0-9, Francoeur 0-7, Hosmer 2-4, Getz 0-5, Pena 2-5, Escobar 0-3, Moustakas 1-2, Quintero 0-2.
Red Sox vs. Chen: Ortiz 4-18, Punto 4-9, Pedroia 3-4, Byrd 2-4, McDonald 2-3, Shoppach 0-3, Gonzalez 1-3, Salty 0-3, Sweeney 0-2, Ross 1-1.
Stat of the Day: Lester has thrown 994.2 innings for the Red Sox. He would be the 41st in franchise history to reach 1,000, the 10th lefthander.
Notes: The Sox have lost six of their last seven games and seven of the last nine. … Lester is 5-1, 1.30 in seven career starts against Kansas City, 1-0, 1.59 in two starts last season. … Chen has allowed 12 runs on 15 hits in 9.1 innings in his last two starts. He is 3-6, 5.98 in 16 career appearances against the Sox. He has allowed 21 earned runs in his last 23 innings against the Sox. … The Sox have scored 10-plus runs eight times, the most in the majors. They also lead the majors with 82 doubles. … Ortiz is hitting .372/.433/.673 with 20 extra-base hits.
Song of the Day: “Controversy” by Prince.