Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/9/13
6:52 p.m.: The Red Sox’ offense was completely shut down Thursday. The unit could receive a boost Friday, however, as David Ortiz returns to the lineup after a night off. Ortiz had back-to-back four-hit games Tuesday and Wednesday before being held out of Thursday’s contest. He has been on fire of late, and he also has had plenty of success against Royals starter Ervin Santana in the past. Ortiz is a career .323 (10-for-31) hitter against Santana with two home runs and five RBIs. He’s not the only Red Sox hitter to have had success against the talented righty, though, as Mike Napoli is hitting .333 (6-for-18) with three homers and seven RBIs in his career against Santana. Napoli, who has been struggling at the dish, will once again bat sixth in Friday’s game. Daniel Nava will move up to fifth, while Stephen Drew will slide back down to seventh after batting fifth in Thursday’s game. Friday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (70-47) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Daniel Nava, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Stephen Drew, SS Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Brock Holt, 3B Jake Peavy, RHP (9-4, 4.14 ERA) Royals (59-53) David Lough, RF Eric Hosmer, 1B Billy Butler, DH Alex Gordon, LF Justin Maxwell, CF Mike Moustakas, 3B Alcides Escobar, SS George Kottaras, C Elliot Johnson, 2B Ervin Santana, RHP (8-6, 2.97 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Jake Peavy followed a Red Sox loss with a win in his first start with the club. He’ll be asked to do the same in his second outing. Peavy will head to the mound Friday for his first road start as a member of the Red Sox. He’ll be trying to give the team a boost after the Royals took the series opener 5-1 on Thursday. It won’t be easy, though, as Peavy will be opposed by Ervin Santana, who is in the midst of an excellent season. Peavy went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits in his first start with Boston on Saturday. He picked up the win in that game, and it’s something that he’ll look to accomplish again against a red-hot Kansas City squad. Bruce Chen guided the Royals to victory on Thursday, tossing 7 2/3 shutout innings to outduel Jon Lester. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. As always, you’re encouraged to tune in on NESN and follow the fun with NESN.com’s live blog. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle, Top Stories

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