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Sunday, April 21st (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (8-7) at Boston Red Sox (12-4), 1:35 & 7 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Kansas City - Ervin Santana (1-1, 2.45) Boston - Ryan Dempster (0-1, 2.65)

Game 2: Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.20) Boston - Allen Webster (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox made their return to the Fenway Park field an emotional one on Saturday. Sunday they'll go for an eighth straight win to start a day/night doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

The night contest will wrap this three-game series and is a rescheduled game from Friday's postponement when Boston was in complete lockdown due to the search and eventual capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston's 4-3 comeback win yesterday came after extensive bone-chilling moments that included pregame ceremonies to honor the victims from the past week. Neil Diamond led the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline" after the top of the eighth inning.

Then, Daniel Nava sent the crowd into a frenzy with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Nava's two-out shot off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) erased a 2-1 deficit.

"He left a change-up middle-in and he hit it for a homer. I don't bail on guys after a bad outing, or two bad outings. He had bad outing, a good outing and then another bad outing. He will get on a good roll and be fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Herrera.

Andrew Bailey gave up a leadoff home run to Lorenzo Cain in the ninth, but retired Alex Gordon on a grounder to short with two men on base to close out Boston's seventh straight win.

"A fantastic finish to a great day," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz (4-0) gave up two runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in eight innings.

David Ortiz collected two hits and one RBI in his season debut for the Red Sox, who have won 12 of their first 16 games for the first time since 2002.

Ortiz was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's emotional contest. He began the season on the DL because of right Achilles tendinopathy after being limited to 90 games last year.

A win today would give the Red Sox their longest victory streak since capturing nine straight from June 3-12, 2011.

Ervin Santana will start on the mound this afternoon for the Royals. The righty threw eight innings in a no-decision against Toronto last Sunday. He's 3-3 in 11 career starts against Boston, posting a 4.13 ERA.

Boston's Ryan Dempster has yet to lose during his career against the Royals as he's compiled a 2-0 mark with a 4.00 ERA in three starts and he starts the first game today. Dempster has pitched well this season, but doesn't have a win to show for it. On Monday, he logged 10 strikeouts over seven solid innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay.

Allen Webster, an 18th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, will make his major league debut when he gets the ball for the Red Sox in the night contest. The 23-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Portland. He was acquired last summer in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to LA.

Jeremy Guthrie, who has two wins over his first three starts and is coming off a no-decision at Atlanta on Tuesday, gets the call for the Royals under the lights. The right-hander is 3-8 with a 4.88 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) when facing the Red Sox.

Boston was 4-3 against Kansas City last season.

04/21 10:29:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 114
POR 114
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR