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Royals Vs. Red Sox: KC Outlasts Boston In Extra Innings, 10-9

The Royals might be the first team to face the new-look Red Sox if the rumored Dodgers deal goes through for Boston.

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Royals Roster Moves Include Jeremy Jeffress, Vin Mazzaro

Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was sent to Double-A Northwest Arkansas by the Kansas City Royals, and manager Ned Yost has replaced him on the roster with Vin Mazzaro, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

According to the team's website, Yost simply needs an arm after going through a rough series against the Boston Red Sox.

Furthermore, the move allows Jeffress to be on the Double-A roster when the team's season ends, meaning that he could return to the Royals immediately without taking the 10-day delay usually required.

Jeffress has eight strikeouts and no earned runs through eight games played with Kansas City. He played in Sunday's 8-6 loss and gave up two unearned runs and walked one in two-thirds of an inning.

Mazzaro, who hasn't pitched since last Tuesday, had a 3.63 ERA in 22 games with Omaha, eight of which were starts.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Kansas City Unable To Hold On, Loses Series Finale To Boston, 8-6

The Kansas City Royals fell to the Boston Red Sox, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, as they were unable to hold on to a fifth-inning lead. The Red Sox won the three-game series, two games to one.

Royals pitcher Will Smith dug himself into an early hole, as he allowed five hits in the first two innings and gave up two runs However, Kansas City fought back in the fourth inning, plating four runs on an RBI single from Tony Abreu and a three-run home run off the bat of Lorenzo Cain. Smith kept the Sox at bay in the bottom half of the fourth, but allowed a solo homer to Pedro Ciriaco and an RBI single to James Loney in the fifth, which tied the game.

The Red Sox added on in the next few innings against the Royals bullpen, only to have the Royals rally again in the eighth. Kansas City would load the bases with nobody out, but Johnny Giavotella failed to capitalize, as he struck out for the first out of the inning. Eric Hosmer hit a sac fly to pull the Royals within two, then Abreu hit another RBI single to draw his club within one. However, with runners at the corners and two outs, Cain struck out looking to end the rally.

Abreu, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez led the Royals offense with two hits apiece. Smith took the loss, falling to 4-6, while Pedro Beato was the winning pitcher for Boston despite allowing two runs in two innings.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Royals Send Rookie Will Smith To The Mound

Coming off a 12-inning marathon win last night, the Kansas City Royals will call on rookie Will Smith to win the third of their four game series with the Boston Red Sox. Smith is 4-5 this season with a 5.40 ERA. He is looking to bounce back from his last star,t in which he gave up four runs over just 3 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox will send Felix Doubront to the mound, who has missed his last two starts due to a knee contusion. He is 10-6 this year with a 4.70 ERA and is seeking his first win since July 18.

Here are the lineups for both sides:

Royals

1. Lorenzo Cain CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Alex Gordon LF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Jeff Francoeur RF
7. Johnny Giavotella 2B
8. Eric Hosmer 1B
9. Tony Abreu 3B

Red Sox

1. Pedro Ciriaco 3B
2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Cody Ross RF
5. James Loney 1B
6. Ryan Lavarnway C
7. Mauro Gomez DH
8. Mike Aviles SS
9. Scott Podsednik LF

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Royals Comment On Red Sox-Dodgers Trade

While the Red Sox and Dodgers -- and the teams in pennant races with them -- will have to handle the long-term impact of Saturday's massive trade sending Adrian Gonzaelz, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, the Kansas City Royals felt the short-term effects. Kansas City is in the midst of a four-game series in Boston, and is having to adjust to late lineup substitutions and pitching rotation changes necessitated by the trade.

As Alex Gordon told MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, the team is trying to take it in stride:

"Our first family is this team but all Major League Baseball, every team is kind of a family so once something like this happens, people have gone through it and they know how it can be on your family and on you personally," Royals left fielder Alex Gordon said. "Maybe some of those guys liked it over there and it's kind of tough to pick up and move so we pay attention to that. A lot of the guys know each other and we keep in contact, but it's part of the game, part of the business."

The most immediate impact was felt Saturday, when Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start against Kansas City. As Gordon said, the late change didn't have much effect:

"You can't really worry about what they're doing. They're going to throw whoever they need to. We've just got to control whatever we can in our at-bats. Whoever it is, make sure we're prepared whether it's Aaron Cook or Beckett."

The Royals came from behind to win last night's game in Boston, 10-9. The third game of the four-game series is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. today.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Kansas City Looks to Build on Extra-Inning Win

After a late-night victory Saturday, the Kansas City Royals return to Fenway Park this afternoon with a chance to build a winning streak. The Royals send rookie Will Smith to the mound, who is 4-5 with a 5.40 ERA in ten starts for the big league club. Smith struggled in his last start, giving up four earned runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay on Aug. 20.

Boston will call on Felix Doubront, who has missed his last two starts with a knee contusion. Doubront is 10-6 on the season with a 4.70 ERA, but has struggled through July and August. Doubront has a 5.74 ERA in his last three starts, and has not recorded a win since July 18. Sunday's game will likely be the first for first baseman James Loney, who was acquired by the Red Sox in Saturday's blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 CT. Television coverage is available on Fox Sports Kansas CIty, with radio broadcast on KCSP AM 610.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Game Recap: Kansas City Prevails In Extra Innings, 10-9

The Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 in 12 innings on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

The Royals were down 9-3 after four innings, despite taking an early 3-0 lead against Red Sox starter Aaron Cook. The Royals would tie the game in the seventh thanks to a six-run offensive outburst, with the game heading to extra innings after the Red Sox failed to take advantage of several go-ahead opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings.

With two outs in the top of the 12th, and Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer at third and second, respectively, Tony Abreu drilled an 0-2 pitch into left field to score Francoeur and give the Royals the 10-9 lead.

Greg Holland would take out all three Boston batters in the bottom of the 12th inning to secure the save and give the Royals the win.

Both teams would need eight pitchers each to get through the game with Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie lasting just 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits before being lifted in the third.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Tony Abreu In For Johnny Giavotella

The Kansas City Royals will substitute Tony Abreu for Johnny Giavotella at second base in hopes of igniting their lineup as they get set to take on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Abreu has hit .286 in 14 plate appearances for the Royals, while Giavotella continues to struggle at the big league level. Meanwhile, Eric Hosmer, who homered on Friday night, is back in the lineup and hitting eighth.

Jeremy Guthrie (5-12, 5.41 ERA) takes the hill for the Royals, and he'll face a Red Sox lineup that has gone through a boatload of changes over the past few days, following the blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. None of the players the Sox received in return are in the lineup behind Aaron Cook (3-7, 4.79).

Here are the full lineups:

Royals:

1. Jarrod Dyson CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Alex Gordon LF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Mike Moustakas 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur RF
8. Eric Hosmer 1B
9. Tony Abreu 2B

Red Sox:

1. Scott Podsednik LF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
4. Cody Ross RF
5. Mauro Gomez 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Ryan Lavarnway DH
8. Mike Aviles SS
9. Pedro Ciriaco 3B

First pitch is scheduled from Boston at 6:10 p.m. CT.

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Jeremy Guthrie A Solid Fantasy Play Down The Stretch

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie heads a list of players, from Marc Normandin over at Fake Teams, who are trending upward in terms of percentage-owned in fantasy leagues.

Guthrie has been extremely solid for the Royals since coming over from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie has posted a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings with KC, and perhaps more impressively, possesses a K/BB ratio of nearly 4 to 1. Some of his numbers are luck-driven, considering the fact that he's allowing a BABIP of just .255, but the fact that he has regained his pre-Coors Field level of command hints that he will be able to sustain at least a moderate level of success going forward.

Guthrie struggled mightily in Colorado, particularly early in the year, posting a 6.35 ERA in 90.2 innings. His K/BB ratio was under 1.5, and he allowed 21 home runs in only 19 appearances. This came after a solid stretch in Baltimore, in which he was the very definition of a serviceable pitcher; in almost 1,000 innings across five seasons, he put up a very respectable 4.12 ERA.

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Jeremy Guthrie Looks To Extend Dominant August Run For Royals

Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound against Boston on Saturday looking to continue what's been a dominant August for him so far.

According to MLB.com's Vinnie Dubar, Guthrie has posted a 2-1 record with .94 ERA so far this month. In his last start against the White Sox, he had a no hitter in the seventh inning before Paul Konerko hit an infield single that many believe was an error. Guthrie's August has been almost the exact opposite of his July -- when he finished the month with a 6.68 ERA.

He now faces a Red Sox team he's very familiar with. Guthrie, a former member of the Baltimore Orioles, has made 17 career starts against the Red Sox. His record in those starts is 3-8 with a 4.50 ERA.

Guthrie is scheduled to face Josh Beckett, but his start is in limbo due to a potential trade between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that would send Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles for first baseman James Loney and prospects.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox: Kansas City Tries To Take Advantage Of Distractions In Boston

The Kansas City Royals (55-69) continue their three-game weekend series against the Boston Red Sox (60-66) on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a win in the series opener, as third baseman Pedro Ciriaco came up with the two-run double in the seventh inning to give Boston the lead for good. The Sox continue playing through internal turmoil with a reported deal nearly complete that will send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Beckett (5-11, 5.23 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for Boston unless the team completes the deal with the Dodgers.

Kansas City expects to start right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (5-12, 5.41 ERA), who hopes to build on three consecutive strong starts. In those starts, Guthrie was 2-0 having pitched 22 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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Red Sox-Dodgers Trade Rumors Not Stopping Josh Beckett From Making Saturday Start

When the rumored Red Sox-Dodgers deal finally goes down, the Boston line-up and pitching staff will look radically different. For now, the Kansas City Royals will continue to face the familiar faces of Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett until the deal is finished. Beckett is the starter slated to take the mound in today's game against KC and until the deal is official, Beckett will still do so despite the trade rumors, per Nick Cafardo.

Beckett, Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford are part of a rumored mega-deal with the Dodgers that would go down as one of the biggest deals money-wise in baseball history with two $100 million players involved. The Sox are hitting "reset" and getting some nice arms in return, but the biggest asset for the Sox is the financial freedom they will have.

For now the Royals will face Beckett (5-11, 5.23) from the mound while countering with their own red-hot starter Jeremy Guthrie in response. If changes are made, the Royals could be the first team to see the new look Sox.

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Royals Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Kansas City Falls To Boston 4-3

The Kansas City Royals fell 4-3 to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, and the game changing play came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Red Sox third baseman Pedro Ciriaco hit a two-run double off of Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera. That play proved to be the game winner for the Red Sox.

After that the Royals had a very good chance in the eighth inning to tie the game when they put a runner on second base with no outs, but the Royals were unable to advance the runner home. In the ninth inning, the Royals were shutout completely and were unable to get a single baserunner the rest of the way.

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Jeff Francoeur's Future With Royals Uncertain

Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur is uncertain about his future with the ballclub, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

The Royals have top prospect Wil Meyers ready to make the jump next season and Francoeur could be the odd man out, especially as his numbers have been disappointing for the better part of this season. Francoeur has just 11 home runs and 34 RBIs and his hitting .240 with a .659 OPS through 115 games in 2012; the right fielder put up 20 home runs and 87 RBIs in 2011, hitting .285 with a .805 OPS.

"I don't know what direction they're headed or what they're planning," he admitted. "The way I look at it is I'm under contract for next year. So whether it's here or somewhere else, I plan on being ready to go.

"It all depends on what they want to do. I do know they know they've got to get some starting pitching. Whether that involves (trading) me or not, I don't know. But it's probably going to involve some guys in here."

Francoeur is due $6.75 million next season and could certainly be an asset in an off-season trade although the team would have to receive a significant return to justify such a move -- especially considering that Meyers has yet to prove himself above the Triple-A level.

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Royals Catch Red Sox At Good Time In Season

The Boston Red Sox are not in a good place right now, and the Kansas City Royals will want to take advantage of that as they start a series against the slumping Sox at Fenway Park.

Boston has now lost 15 of its last 21 games, with injuries and underachieving tainting a season that started with a slight glimmer of promise.

Their game on Thursday was pretty much a microcosm of their season all together. They blew several leads against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park and were eventually taken to extra innings, where they lost in the 10th frame. It was a draining experience for the team and the fans, blowing leads as high as six runs before falling.

Now they bring in Kansas City, still tired from the Angels game. The Royals will be perfectly happy to see them.

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

The Royals travel to Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox in a four-game series.

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