6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup.
Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s designated hitter duties.
Thursday’s complete lineups are below.
Red Sox (70-46)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jonny Gomes, LF
Stephen Drew, SS
Mike Napoli, DH
Daniel Nava, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Brock Holt, 3B
Jon Lester, LHP (10-6, 4.52 ERA)
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Billy Butler, DH
Alex Gordon, LF
Miguel Tejada, 2B
Justin Maxwell, RF
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Brett Hayes, C
Alcides Escobar, SS
Bruce Chen, LHP (4-0, 2.03 ERA)
8 a.m. ET: From train tracks to fountains. The Red Sox now take their talents to Kansas City after taking two of three in Houston.
The Red Sox’ series against the Astros had the potential to be disastrous. They were shut out in the series opener, fell into a 5-0 hole in the second game and trailed 5-2 with two outs in the seventh inning of Game 3. But fortunately for Boston, the resilience that has been the hallmark of the 2013 Red Sox once again got put on display, and the Sox came from behind in each of the last two games.
The Red Sox will have their work cut out for them in Kansas City, though. The Royals have been one of the hottest teams in baseball of late, going 15-4 with six series wins since the All-Star break. Jon Lester, who got torched by the Diamondbacks in his last start, will be the first pitcher asked to cool off the Royals.
Lester gave up six runs on 11 hits in his last start, which was a major step back from the progress that the left-hander had made in his previous three outings. He’ll go up against fellow veteran southpaw, Bruce Chen, in the series opener of the teams’ four-game set. Lester will have history working in his favor, as he is 6-2 with a 1.64 ERA in nine career starts against Kansas City. In fact, the 1.64 ERA is the best mark among major league starters with at least 50 innings pitched against the Royals.
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