Lineups and Game Notes: Red-Hot Brock Holt to Man Right Field, While Nava Starts in Left

Brock Holt (right) was on fire in the Red Sox’ last series before the break, going 10-for-15 as the Sox won two of three in Houston. Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports

With the All-Star break in the rearview mirror, the Red Sox get back to work on Friday, as they welcome the Kansas City Royals to Fenway for the first three games of the unofficial second half of the season. Daniel Nava gets the start in left field against Kansas City righthander James Shields; here’s a look at the rest of Friday’s lineups:

ROYALS (48-46)
1. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
2. Omar Infante (2B)
3. Eric Hosmer (1B)
4. Salvador Perez (C)
5. Alex Gordon (LF)
6. Billy Butler (DH)
7. Mike Moustakas (3B)
8. Alcides Escobar (SS)
9. Nori Aoki (RF)
SP: James Shields (RHP) (9-5, 3.65 ERA)

RED SOX (43-52)
1. Brock Holt (RF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Daniel Nava (LF)
6. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
7. Stephen Drew (SS)
8. David Ross (C)
9. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (CF)
SP: Clay Buchholz (RHP) (4-5, 5.42 ERA)


Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: The Red Sox won 4 of their last 5 games entering the All-Star break, the club’s best 5-game stretch since going 4-1 from 5/29-6/2…Boston totaled 30 runs scored over those 5 games, the club’s 2nd-largest run total over any 5-game stretch this year (31, 5/10-15)…With 13 runs allowed, Boston had its best 5-game run differential of the year (+17)…The 2 scheduled Red Sox starters in the current series that have previously faced KC — Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz — are a combined 10-4 with a 1.80 ERA (20 ER/100.0 IP) and .205 opponent AVG (73-for-356) in 15 starts against the Royals…Lester is 6-3, 1.60 ERA, .178 AVG in 10 GS vs. KC…He has the best ERA and opp. AVG against the Royals among active pitchers with at least 7 starts vs. KC…Buchholz is 4-1, 2.20 ERA, .258 AVG in 5 GS vs. KC.

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