ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 06: Pitcher Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Texas Rangers on May 6, 2010 at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Red Sox: KC Takes Series From Boston As Bruce Chen Gets The Win

The Royals take the final game in their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Kansas City Closes The Series Out Against Boston With A Win

Kansas City Royals pitcher, Bruce Chen, registered his first victory of the season tonight against the Boston Red Sox as KC took the series from Boston with a final score of 3-2.

Chen had been 0-4 in his last four starts and getting that first win under his belt has to help his confidence going forward.

For Kansas City, Chris Getz and Irving Falu registered two hits each in the ball game and Brayan Pena knocked in two of KC's runs tonight to help secure the victory.

On the Red Sox side of things, a three RBI ball game by Adrian Gonzalez went to waste as he was the only player for Boston who was able to generate any runs.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Score Update: Kansas City Leads Boston 4-3 After Five Innings

The Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox have played five innings and so far the Royals are leading the Red Sox at home by a score of 4-3.

KC took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Billy Butler scored on a fielding error by Marlon Byrd. The Royals wold then add two more runs to their lead on Brayan Pena double that brought in Jeff Francoeur and Johnny Giavotella.

But Boston would later tie things up at 3-3 in the top of the third inning on an Adrian Gonzalez double that brought in Byrd, Ryan Sweeney and Dustin Pedroia.

But Kansas City would retake the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Alcides Escobar double that brought in Irving Falu.

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Boston Red Sox Vs. Kansas City Royals: Wednesday Starting Lineups

Billy Butler powered the Kansas Royals to a 6-4 win on Tuesday night, and the Royals hope Butler and KC's offense have more where that came from against Jon Lester and the Red Sox on Wednesday night, as the Royals look to win the rubber game of the three-game series.

Both Ned Yost and Bobby Valentine have announced starting lineups for Wednesday's game.

Boston Red Sox:

Mike Aviles, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Cody Ross, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Marlon Byrd, CF
Ryan Sweeney, RF

Jon Lester, SP

Kansas City Royals:

Jarrod Dyson, CF
Alex Gordon, LF
Billy Butler, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Johnny Giavotella, DH
Brayan Pena, C
Irving Falu, 3B
Chris Getz, 2B
Alcides Escobar, SS

Bruce Chen, SP

As you may have noticed, Ned Yost has benched both Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas against the southpaw Jon Lester. Johnny Giavotella, who was recalled from AAA earlier on Wednesday, gets the nod at DH.

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Kansas City Royals Recall Johnny Giavotella, Place Jonathan Sanchez On DL

The Kansas City Royals placed starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and in a corresponding roster move, recalled Johnny Giavotella from AAA Omaha prior to Wednesday night's contest against the Boston Red Sox.

Sanchez heads to the disabled list with what's being listed as left biceps tendinitis. Sanchez, acquired over the winter from the San Francisco Giants, has not been effective with the Royals so far. In six starts, Sanchez has totaled just 25.2 innings, and has given up 19 runs on 25 hits while walking 22 batters and striking out only 18.

For Giavotella, it will be his second taste of the majors, as he was recalled last August and appeared in 46 games with the Royals. So far on the season in AAA, Giavotella hit .331/.408/.504 with five home runs in 133 at bats. Giavotella has especially been on a tear in his last ten games, hitting .395/.500/.632 in that span.

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Jonathan Broxton Thankful For Kansas City Royals Giving Him Chance To Close

Jonathan Broxton knows it’s not what anyone envisioned when they signed him, but he’ll take the chance to close all the same. With Joakim Soria undergoing his second Tommy John surgery and staying out for the rest of the 2012 season, the Royals needed someone to step up. Given his history of success as closer, and the injury to Greg Holland as well, Broxton was a natural choice. So far, so good.

“My arm feels good, I’m going out there and just taking the ball every time they give it to me,” Broxton said. “I hate what happened to Jack, but as a team, you’re going to have injuries and people that struggle, so you’ve just got to be able to fill in when you need to. I just thank Dayton for giving me a chance to come here, and I know it’s not the role he wanted to put me in right off the get-go. So I’m going out there and giving it everything I have every day.”

Broxton has 6 saves and a 1.69 ERA so far in 2012 for the Royals and he’s given them the back-end veteran presence in the bullpen that a young team and staff like the Royals need.

“It’s a definitely a very young bullpen, younger than anything I’ve ever been a part of, but there’s so much talent down there,” Broxton said. “As soon as they put it together and learn how to pitch and learn the batters and learn how to handle situations, it’s going to be very special up here — especially in the ‘pen. The whole team’s young and there’s always a bright side to it. I know we’ve haven’t started out like we wanted, but we’ve got a lot more season to go.”

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Kansas City Royals Recall Vin Mazzaro, Send Tommy Hottovy Back To Omaha

The Kansas City Royals are living out game to game exactly what so many predicted: that their bullpen would be heavily taxed in 2012. The reason is that the starting pitching simply wasn’t improved enough with the guys needed to go six or more innings per outing. Now that the bullpen is taxed, the shuttle between Omaha and Kansas City is getting quite a bit of work early in the season.

The latest move announced by the team is that they have recalled pitcher Vin Mazzaro and sent Tommy Hottovy back to AAA.

“We needed some more length in the bullpen,” manager Ned Yost said. “We have expended our two long guys the last two days, and if something happened today unforeseen — I think Danny Duffy’s going to out and throw a good game — you’ve always got to protect yourself in case of a line drive off a shin or something like that in the second inning. And we couldn’t absorb that with no long guys.”

Mazzaro was one of the players brought over from Oakland in the David DeJesus trade.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

Bruce Chen will continue his search for a win in 2012 Wednesday night against the Red Sox, although it seems unlikely that he'll put a 'W' next to his 0-4 record. Chen has lasted only 9 1/3 innings in his last two starts, racking up 12 earned runs and 15 hits, and was tagged for six earned runs against the Yankees May 4. Chen has a career 5.98 ERA against Boston.

The Royals, meanwhile, have not hit well against left handed pitching like Boston starter Jon Lester. Kansas City has a team average of .225 against lefties this season.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 9, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: KCSP 610 AM

Probable Starters: Bruce Chen (0-4) vs. Jon Lester (1-2)

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Billy Butler's Homer Lifts KC To 6-4 WIn

Billy Butler hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Royals a 6-4 lead they would hold on to for a win.

After Red Sox starter Daniel Bard walked Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to lead off the eighth, then Boston brought in Matt Albers. But Butler took him deep to turn a Kansas City deficit into a lead. Butler went 2-for-4 on the night.

Danny Duffy got the start for the Royals, giving up four runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and five walks, struggling with his location. Jose Mijares gave up two hits over the seventh and eighth innings, picking up the win. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

The Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the second. The first came on a balk from Bard, scoring Hosmer from third. Chris Gets singled home another run and Humberto Quintero singled home the third run of the inning. Boston tied the game at three in the fourth and took a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Game 2 Starting Lineups Announced

No Kansas City Royals lineup is ever exactly like the day's before, and Tuesday's is no different. Righty Humberto Quintero will play catcher in place of the switch hitting Brayan Pena, who got the nod Monday. The move puts Quintero in the 9-hole, bumping up second baseman Chris Getz and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

2. Alex Gordon (L) LF

3. Billy Butler (R) DH

4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Chris Getz (L) 2B

8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

9. Humberto Quintero (R) C

Boston:

1. Mike Aviles (R) SS

2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B

3. David Ortiz (L) DH

4. Cody Ross (R) RF

5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B

6. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B

7. Darnell McDonald (R) LF

8. Marlon Byrd (R) CF

9. Kelly Shoppach (R) C


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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Game 2 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Kansas City Royals look to rebound against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in the second of their three-game series, after the Red Sox took it to the Royals on Monday in an 11-5 decision.

It was the second straight game in which Kansas City dropped a game by six runs to an American League East Division opponent. Jonathan Sanchez struggled mightily against the Red Sox on Monday, but Danny Duffy will take the mound for the Royals in the second game. Duffy held the Yankees to two runs in 5 1/3 innings and struck out six his last time out.

Here is a look at the schedule and television information for game 2 of this series:

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 7:10 p.m. CDT

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Online Streaming: MLB.TV

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Jonathan Sanchez Struggles In 11-5 Loss

Jonathan Sanchez gave up six earned runs in just three innings as the Royals dug themselves a hole and fell 11-5 to the Red Sox in the series-opener.

Sanchez gave up four earned runs in the top of the first, including a three-run homer by Will Middlebrooks. The Royals responded with two-run second and third innings sandwiched around a one-run frame for Boston.

Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to extend Boston's lead to 7-4. The Royals scored in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Alex Gordon, but the Red Sox answered with a four-run eighth, which included another Middlebrooks home run, to pull away

Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Gordon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Starting Lineups Announced

Jonathan Sanchez and the Kansas City Royals are preparing to take on Felix Doubront the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series beginning on Monday night, and the two teams have announced their game one lineups.

Here's a look.

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson, center field, L

2. Alex Gordon, left field, L

3. Billy Butler, designated hitter, R

4. Eric Hosmer, first base, L

5. Jeff Francoeur, right field, R

6. Mike Moustaka, third base, L

7. Brayan Pena, catcher, S

8. Chris Getz, second base, L

9. Alcides Escobar, shortstop, R

Boston:

1. Mike Aviles, shortstop, R

2. Dustin Pedroia, second base, R

3. David Ortiz, designated hitter, L

4. Cody Ross, right field, R

5. Adrian Gonzalez, first base, L

6. Will Middlebrooks, third base, R

7. Darnell McDonald, left field, R

8. Marlon Byrd, center field, R

9. Kelly Shoppach, catcher, R

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Game 1 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

Kansas City is looking to improve their home record as they host the struggling Boston Red Sox for a three-game series.

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