Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 114 Preview

Bos@ KC
J. Beckett9-8, 4.15B. Bannister7-9, 5.33
Red Sox64-49Royals53-60
Tuesday, August 5      Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium  ✠ 8:10 p.m. ET

American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
New York61515.54-620136151

ESPN.Com Preview .
Yahoo's Preview .
ESPN.Com after the game Recap.
MLB.Com Press Pass
From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Beckett wasn't his sharpest in his last outing against the Angels at Fenway Park, but he certainly fell victim to a flat performance from his team. The Sox dropped a 9-2 decision and suffered yet another sweep to the Halos as Beckett allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits in just 5 1/3 innings. He'll look to bounce back against the Royals, a team he's yet to face this season but is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA against lifetime.

Royals: Bannister rang up a lot of pitches, 111, in just five innings last Wednesday at Oakland. He allowed eight hits, walked four and struck out seven, matching his career high in Ks. Despite all that, the A's got just two runs and Bannister emerged with no decision. He's in a prolonged drought, not having a victory since June 23 -- six starts ago. Bannister faced Boston on May 22 at Fenway Park and was banged for seven runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Baseball Reference stats can be found here.

♊ - Well, let's hope we get some funny hats too.

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