Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (60-66)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (3-7, 4.79)
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 3.23)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Stat of the Day: The all-time series between the Sox and Royals is 217-217.
Notes: David Ortiz is out of the lineup after playing one game on his strained right Achilles tendon. … Cook is starting in place of Beckett. He started on Tuesday and threw 85 pitches, so he may be a little limited today. … Guthrie is 3-8, 4.50 in 19 career appearances against the Sox, 17 of them starts. … Podsednik has hit safely in 10 of 11 starts in Boston this season, including seven multi-hit efforts. In 13 home games this season, he is 18 for 40 (.450) with four doubles. He has a .388 career average (33 for 85) at Fenway, hitting safely in 20 of 24 games. … Pedroia has hit safely in 19 of 22 games in August at .348 (31 for 89) with nine doubles, 13 RBI and 18 runs. … Ciriaco is 28 of his last 76 (.368) with six doubles and eight RBIs.
Song of the Day: “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” by Billy Joel.