Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 5/8/12

After winning 11-5 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take the series in the second 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.

Daniel Bard looks to even up his record in his sixth appearance (fifth start) of 2012. In his previous five appearances (four starts), Bard is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA. He made three appearances against the Royals in 2011 and had no record with 0.00 ERA (0 ER/4 IP). He's made nine career appearances against the Royals and is 0-2 with a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP). Five of those appearances have come at the home of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game where he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (3 ER/5 IP).

Danny Duffy makes his fifth start of 2012 for the struggling Royals. In his previous four starts, Duffy is 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA. His only two career starts against the Red Sox came last year when he went 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA (8 ER/9.2 IP). The loss came in his only start against the Red Sox at home when he allowed two runs in six innings of work on August 21, 2011.

Click on the read more button below to see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you're on the home page.

Here are today's lineups:

12-16 9-19 1. Mike Aviles
SS 1. Jarrod Dyson
CF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Alex Gordon
LF 3. David Ortiz
DH 3. Billy Butler
DH 4. Cody Ross
RF 4. Eric Hosmer
1B 5. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 5. Jeff Francoeur
RF 6. Will Middlebrooks
3B 6. Mike Moustakas
3B 7. Darnell McDonald
LF 7. Chris Getz 2B 8. Marlon Byrd
CF 8. Alcides Escobar SS 9. Kelly Shoppach
C 9. Humberto Quintero
C Daniel Bard
SP Danny Duffy
SP

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

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Sox hope time heals Clay Buchholz [Boston Herald]

Cherington: Middlebrooks’ success didn’t happen overnight [Clubhouse Insider]

Red Sox on pace for historic struggles at home [CSN New England]

Red Sox' Ortiz, Hawks' Horford a couple of pals [CSN New England]

Ellsbury: I'm making 'great progress' [CSN New England]

On Pedroia, Gonzalez and perceptions [Extra Bases]

Podcast: Competition at third base? [Extra Bases]

Reactions to Middlebrooks on Twitter [45 Miles From Fenway]

Buchholz, BoSox need to right ship [FoxSports.com]

The secret behind David Ortiz hitting lefties [Full Count]

Mike Aviles Rewards Faith of Ben Cherington, Returns to Kansas City as Big Piece of Red Sox Offense [NESN.com]

Will Mike Moustakas or Will Middlebrooks Have a Better Major League Career? [NESN.com]

Dustin Pedroia Swinging Red-Hot Bat, As He Quietly Continues to Have Stellar Start to Season [NESN.com]

David Ortiz Looking Like He Could Be Poised to Make Push for 40 Home Runs This Season [Don Orsillo - NESN.com]

Don't pigeonhole Wilson as a reliever, PawSox pitching coach warns [Projo Sox Blog]

Facing Royals, Bard seeking consistency [RedSox.com]

Baseball world teams up to strike out epilepsy [RedSox.com]

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