Game 128: Royals at Red Sox

Here’s a preview of the game:

RED SOX (60-67)
Ciriaco 3B
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ross RF
Loney 1B
Lavarnway C
Gomez DH
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.70)

ROYALS (56-69)
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Gordon LF
Butler DH
Perez C
Francoeur RF
Giavotella 2B
Hosmer 1B
Abreu 3B

Pitching: LHP Will Smith (4-5, 5.40)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


Stat of the Day: Saturday’s 10-9 loss marked the sixth time this season the Red Sox have lost when they scored at least eight runs.

Notes: James Loney will make his Red Sox debut today. … David Ortiz might be returning to the disabled list after playing one game on his strained right Achilles tendon. … Doubront is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four starts. … Smith will make his first career appearance against the Red Sox. … Alfredo Aceves will not be available tonight, as the team suspended him for three games after he stormed out of Bobby Valentine’s office, upset about Andrew Bailey closing Friday’s game. … Podsednik has hit safely in 11 of 12 starts in Boston this season, including eight multi-hit efforts. In 13 home games this season, he is 20 for 46 (.435) with four doubles. … Pedroia has hit safely in 20 of 23 games in August at .340 (32 for 94) with 10 doubles, 13 RBI and 19 runs. … Ciriaco is 30 of his last 81 (.370) with six doubles and eight RBIs.

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