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.
|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.
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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]
Morning Notes: Victorino day-to-day, Lackey close to return [projo sox blog]
Red Sox wear 'Boston' on their home whites [redsox.com]
Webster to make big league debut in twin bill [redsox.com]
Emotional Fenway Park ceremony was pitch-perfect [redsox.com]
After tense week, Boston at ease once again [redsox.com]
Let's play two: Sox, Royals set for Sunday twin bill [redsox.com]