Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 8/11/13
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Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox lead the Majors with 24 series wins this season. They won’t be able to pick up No. 25 but they can earn a split with the Kansas City Royals and after losing the first two games, that would feel like a win. Boston (71-48) and John Lackey will try to do just that today in their finale of the season against Kansas City (60-54). Lackey, who is 7-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 20 starts, would like to get the offensive performance the Sox have shown that past two nights. His team is giving him an average of 3.45 runs per start and that lack of run support is a partial reason why Lackey is under .500 this season. In his last two starts, he has pitched 13 innings and given up five runs, but received a no-decision and a loss. He has not won since his last start before the All-Star Break (July 12). Here is the Red Sox lineup today (first pitch – 2:10 pm EDT): 1. Ellsbury, CF 2. Victorino, RF 3. Pedroia, 2B 4. Ortiz, DH 5. Nava, LF 6. Napoli, 1B ...
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