American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 21st
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (8-7) at Boston Red Sox (12-4), 1:35 & 7 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Kansas City - Ervin Santana (1-1, 2.45)
Boston - Ryan Dempster (0-1, 2.65)
Game 2: Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.20)
Boston - Allen Webster (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox made their return to the Fenway Park
field an emotional one on Saturday. Sunday they'll go for an eighth straight
win to start a day/night doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.
The night contest will wrap this three-game series and is a rescheduled game
from Friday's postponement when Boston was in complete lockdown due to the
search and eventual capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon
Boston's 4-3 comeback win yesterday came after extensive bone-chilling moments
that included pregame ceremonies to honor the victims from the past week.
Neil Diamond led the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline" after
the top of the eighth inning.
Then, Daniel Nava sent the crowd into a frenzy with a three-run homer in the
bottom of the eighth.
Nava's two-out shot off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) erased a 2-1 deficit.
"He left a change-up middle-in and he hit it for a homer. I don't bail on guys
after a bad outing, or two bad outings. He had bad outing, a good outing and
then another bad outing. He will get on a good roll and be fine," Royals
manager Ned Yost said of Herrera.
Andrew Bailey gave up a leadoff home run to Lorenzo Cain in the ninth, but
retired Alex Gordon on a grounder to short with two men on base to close out
Boston's seventh straight win.
"A fantastic finish to a great day," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Boston starter Clay Buchholz (4-0) gave up two runs on eight hits with one
walk and six strikeouts in eight innings.
David Ortiz collected two hits and one RBI in his season debut for the Red
Sox, who have won 12 of their first 16 games for the first time since 2002.
Ortiz was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's emotional
contest. He began the season on the DL because of right Achilles tendinopathy
after being limited to 90 games last year.
A win today would give the Red Sox their longest victory streak since
capturing nine straight from June 3-12, 2011.
Ervin Santana will start on the mound this afternoon for the Royals. The
righty threw eight innings in a no-decision against Toronto last Sunday. He's
3-3 in 11 career starts against Boston, posting a 4.13 ERA.
Boston's Ryan Dempster has yet to lose during his career against the Royals as
he's compiled a 2-0 mark with a 4.00 ERA in three starts and he starts the
first game today. Dempster has pitched well this season, but doesn't have a
win to show for it. On Monday, he logged 10 strikeouts over seven solid
innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay.
Allen Webster, an 18th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008,
will make his major league debut when he gets the ball for the Red Sox in the
night contest. The 23-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A
Portland. He was acquired last summer in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to
Jeremy Guthrie, who has two wins over his first three starts and is coming off
a no-decision at Atlanta on Tuesday, gets the call for the Royals under the
lights. The right-hander is 3-8 with a 4.88 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) when
facing the Red Sox.
Boston was 4-3 against Kansas City last season.
04/21 10:29:02 ET