Making Duckworth's task even more difficult will be going up
against the Red Sox's unbeaten rookie, Jon Lester, who will make the start on
This will be Duckworth's first start against the Red Sox. In his last outing, Duckworth allowed six runs (three earned) and six hits over 4 2/3 innings against Detroit. He is 0-2 with a 4.79 ERA on the road this season.
He has not lasted more than six innings in any of his outings this year and has had difficulty with his command, striking out 20 batters while walking 14.
The Red Sox lead the series, 1-0.
KC: RHP Brandon Duckworth (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
In his last outing, Duckworth didn't help himself much with his inability to
locate home plate. He made 103 pitches in a loss to the Tigers, and just 59 were strikes. In his career, Duckworth has never faced the Red Sox, a team with as much offensive firepower as any in the game. So to shut them down, he will need to keep out of hitter's counts.
BOS: LHP Jon Lester (4-0, 2.89 ERA)
Lester remains unbeaten in six starts, but has run up high pitch counts in early innings and has been helped by stellar defensive efforts. In his last outing against Oakland, he allowed one run and five hits, but walked five batters as well. With an ailing rotation, Boston needs continued success from the rookie.
Player to watch
Despite an 0-for-5 performance on Monday night, second baseman Mark Grudzielanek is batting .375 (9-for-24) in his last six games.
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Wednesday: Royals (LHP Mark Redman, 6-4, 5.38) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett 11-5, 5.12), 12:05 p.m. CT
Thursday: Royals (LHP Jimmy Gobble 3-3, 4.58) vs. Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 11-3, 3.88), 7:10 p.m. CT
Friday: Royals (RHP Scott Elarton 4-9, 5.34) vs. Angels (RHP Bartolo Colon, 1-4, 4.56), 7:10 p.m. CT