Game 120: Red Sox at Royals

Good morning. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (71-48)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Nava LF
Napoli 1B
Drew SS
Lavarnwway C
Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (7-9, 3.21).

ROYALS (60-54)
Lough RF
Hosmer 1B
Butler DH
Gordon LF
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Escobar SS
Dyson CF
Johnson 2B
Pitching: RHP James Shields (6-7, 3.08).

Game time: 2:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

Red Sox vs. Shields: Ortiz 19-60, Pedroia 17-57, Ellsbury 12-52, Napoli 6-23, Salty 0-14, Nava 2-9, Victorino 2-5, Drew 2-5, Carp 1-4, Gomes 1-2.

Royals vs. Lackey: Tejada 14-47, Butler 6-12, Gordon 4-10, Escobar 0-3, Hosmer 1-3, Moustakas 1-2.

Stat of the Day: John Lackey is making his first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since Sept. 5, 2009. He is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three career starts in Kansas City.


Notes: The Sox need a win to split the series. They are 2-4 against the Royals this season. … The Sox start the day with a three-game lead in the division and are 3-3 on a road trip that continues in Toronto on Tuesday. … Lackey is 3-3, 3.36 in nine career starts against the Royals. He is facing them for the first time since July 27, 2011. … Shields is 8-13, 4.44 in 24 career starts against the Sox. He did not have a decision against the Sox at Fenway Park on April 20 when he allowed one run over six innings and struck out eight. … Drew has a 10-game hit streak (17 of 41). … The Royals lead the all-time series against the Sox 222-221.

Song of the Day: “I’ve Been Working Too Hard” by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

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