Sunday Red Sox Delight – 4/21

After an emotional win yesterday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox will take on the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a day/night doubleheader at historic Fenway Park today.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live in the Royals television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Kansas City. . And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

The over/under on the game is 8.5 runs and the line on the Red Sox is -150.

Ryan Dempster looks for his first win in a Red Sox uniform in his fourth start of 2013. In his previous three starts, Dempster is 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA. As a member of the Texas Rangers last year, he picked up the win in his only start against the Royals allowing two runs in six innings of work. The Harry Caray impersonator has made three career starts against the Royals and is 2-0 with a 4.00 ER (8 ER/18 IP).

Ervin Santana toes the rubber for the fourth time in 2013 as well. In his previous three starts, Santana is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA.  He made one start against the Red Sox in 2012 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that start, he picked up the win after allowing two runs in 6.1 innings of work. He's made 11 career starts against the local nine and is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA. Eight of those starts have come at the Fens where Santana is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA.

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the morning from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Kansas City Royals8-7 Boston Red Sox12-4
1. Alex Gordon LF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS 2. Daniel Nava RF
3. Billy Butler DH 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Eric Hosmer 1B 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Lorenzo Cain CF 5. Mike Napoli 1B
6. Mike Moustakas 3B 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Jeff Francoeur RF 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B
8. Salvador Perez C 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Chris Getz SS 9. Jonny Gomes LF
Ervin Santana SP Ryan Dempster SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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Daniel Nava’s 3-run homer caps off emotional day for Sox, city [boston herald]

David Ortiz’ words strike chord [boston herald]

Clay Buchholz starting to find rhythm [boston herald]

Baseball has strong history of healing [boston herald]

Notebook: Allen Webster’s turn [boston herald]

Updates on Victorino, Lackey and six others [clubhouse insider]

Sox win 7th straight in emotional Fenway return [csn new england]

Ortiz makes presence felt in return to Red Sox [csn new england]

Day of unity, strength in 'our [expletive] city' [csn new england]

Nava's heroics cap emotional day [csn new england]

Buchholz continues to rake [csn new england]

Red Sox react to emotional day at Fenway [csn new england]

Sox don't want Webster to be too fine in first MLB start [csn new england]

Victorino (back) out for first game vs. Royals [csn new england]

Ortiz likely to play only one game vs. Royals [csn new england]

Notes: Carp expected to play in second game vs. Royals [csn new england]

Joy, relief, mourning mix at Fenway [espn boston]

Reaction: Sox prolong the celebration, 4-3 [espn boston]

Catharsis at Fenway Park, Boston's sports cathedral [espn boston]

Victorino (back) out of lineup for opener [espn boston]

Closing Time: Daniel Nava the latest Fenway Park hero in Red Sox win [full count]

Saturday’s Red Sox hero Daniel Nava almost retired … twice [full count]

Neil Diamond, Andrew Bailey offer a few musical surprises at Fenway [full count]

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski backs David Ortiz profanity [full count]

Allen Webster on improved command: ‘Just got to stay where I am’ [full count]

Red Sox notes: John Lackey could return after next rehab start; Franklin Morales, Craig Breslow progressing [full count]

Michigan State Pays Tribute to Boston With Red Sox Helmet Decal at Spring Football Game (Photo) []

Shane Victorino Exits Game With Back Tightness, Will Be Reevaluated on Sunday []

Daniel Nava’s Resiliency Provides Perfect Ending Imaginable to Emotional Day at Fenway Park []

After Devastating Week in Boston, Win at Fenway Feels ‘Amazing’ (Video) []

Morning Notes: Victorino day-to-day, Lackey close to return [projo sox blog]

Red Sox wear 'Boston' on their home whites []

Webster to make big league debut in twin bill []

Papi notches two hits, gives heartfelt speech in return []

Emotional Fenway Park ceremony was pitch-perfect []

After tense week, Boston at ease once again []

Let's play two: Sox, Royals set for Sunday twin bill []

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