Last week was a brutal stretch, where the hottest team in baseball suddenly went 2-5. Their hitting, for the most part, fell silent. Yesterday’s game started the week off with a comeback victory, with Sandy Leon’s RBI single to left capping it off then Craig Kimbrel closing the door on Tampa Bay’s impressive 8 game winning streak.

E-Rod is on the mound and has been solid his last 3 starts, getting wins in each of them. In that span, he has given up six earned runs in 18.2 innings of work. He should keep the momentum going tonight as the Royals are next to last in runs scored (Marlins are dead last), same goes for home runs.

Jason Hammel takes the ball for Kansas City. Surprisingly enough, being in the league since 2006, this is actually going to be only his 16th career game and 9th start vs the Boston Red Sox. Aside from his April 2 clunker vs the Tigers (5 ER in 5 innings), he has been a stabilizing force in the Royals rotation. Like Porcello, he has had success with ability to minimize the home run ball off of him, just 1 allowed in 32 innings.


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Kansas City Royals in 4 starts, 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 34 starts, 9-8 with a 4.62 ERA.


Kansas City Royals:

Abraham Almonte – 0 for 3, K

Drew Butera – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double

Cheslor Cuthbert – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Lucas Duda – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Alcides Escobar – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Ryan Goins – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Alex Gordon – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Walk

Jon Jay – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

Whit Merrifield – 3 for 3 (1.000 avg) RBI

Mike Moustakas – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs

Salvador Perez – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) HR, RBI, Walk

Jorge Soler —–


Jason Hammel — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 15 games (8 starts), 3-3 with a  4.25 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 9 games (4 starts), 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 0 for 7, 2 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Rafael Devers – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

JD Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI

Eduardo Nunez – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, RBI, K

Hanley Ramirez – 9 for 19 (.474 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) RBI, K

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