Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/9

Jon Lester (L), Bruce Chen (R)

After winning falling last night 6-4, the Boston Red Sox look to take the series tonight in the rubber game of a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Royals television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Kansas City. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Jon Lester looks for his second win of 2012 in his team-high seventh start. In his previous six starts, Lester is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA. He made two starts against the Royals in 2011 going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11 IP). He’s had good success against the Royals as he is 5-1 with a 1.30 ERA (7 ER/48.1 IP) in seven career starts. Two of those starts have come at Kauffman Stadium where he is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11 IP).

Bruce Chen looks for his first win of 2012 in his seventh start. In his previous six starts, Chen is 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA. He took the loss in his only start against the Red Sox in 2011 when he allowed 10 runs in four innings back on July 27. The well-traveled veteran, including a stop in Boston in 2003, has made 16 career appearances (nine starts) against the Red Sox and is 3-6 with a 5.98 ERA.

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Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox12-17 Kansas City Royals10-19
1. Mike Aviles SS 1. Jarrod Dyson CF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Alex Gordon LF
3. David Ortiz DH 3. Billy Butler 1B
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 4. Jeff Francoeur RF
5. Will Middlebrooks 3B 5. Johnny Giavotella DH
6. Cody Ross LF 6. Brayan Pena C
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 7. Irving Falu 3B
8. Marlon Byrd CF 8. Chris Getz 2B
9. Ryan Sweeney RF 9. Alcides Escobar SS
Jon Lester SP Bruce Chen SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals batter/pitcher matchups

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Red Sox family mourns the loss of public address announcer Carl Beane [RedSox.com]

Bobby V on radio: Looking into rumor that Josh Beckett played golf despite sore lat [Clubhouse Insider]

Valentine: Beckett golfing not the best thing [CSN New England]

R.I.P. Carl Beane [CSN New England]

Bobby V sorting out Beckett golf report [ESPN Boston]

The pitching numbers are hard to believe [Extra Bases]

Report: Beckett played golf after injury [Extra Bases]

Bobby Valentine on Big Show: ‘Trying to sort feelings’ about Beckett rumor [Full Count]

Daniel Bard is playing out of position [Tony Massarotti - Boston Globe]

Dustin Pedroia’s Laser Show Continuing in Series Against Royals [NESN.com]

That’s now three wins . . . [Projo Sox Blog]

Report: Beckett played golf on day off before missing start [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox mourn the passing of Carl Beane [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox aim to continue winning ways on road [RedSox.com]

Report of golf outing sparks Beckett controversy [RedSox.com]

Cherington: Youk plays third when healthy [Alex Speier - WEEI.com]

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