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Thursday, August 8th (All times Eastern)

Boston Red Sox (70-46) at Kansas City Royals (58-63), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (10-6, 4.52) Kansas City - Bruce Chen ( 4-0, 2.03)

(Sports Network) - Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen makes his fifth start of the season and the 208th of his career on Thursday night when the Kansas City Royals host the Boston Red Sox in the first of a four-game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium.

Now 36 years old, Chen began this season with 19 straight appearances out of the bullpen before transitioning into a starting role with a six-inning outing at Cleveland on July 12.

He got a no-decision in that game - a 3-0 Royals loss - and has since gone 0-1 in three more starts while combining to allow four runs and 10 hits in 18 innings of work.

The native of Panama won three times in the 19 relief outings, downing Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Houston. He recorded holds against Minnesota and the Red Sox and was charged with blown saves against Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In the lone meeting with the Red Sox this season, Chen allowed two hits while throwing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a game the Royals won, 4-2.

Chen briefly pitched for Boston during the 2003 season and was 0-1 in five appearances.

He'll be opposed by Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, who's won two starts and earned a no-decision in three appearances since the All-Star break.

The former second-round draft pick lost his final two pre-break starts at Seattle and Oakland, but bounced back with consecutive wins over Tampa Bay and Baltimore while scattering 11 hits and allowing two runs in 13 1/3 innings.

He was lit up for six runs on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings against interleague foe Arizona on Aug. 2, but got only a no-decision in a game Boston lost, 7-6.

Lester is 6-2 in nine career meetings with the Royals and is 1-2 in three starts at Kauffman Stadium.

On Wednesday in Houston, Stephen Drew cracked a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth and the Red Sox rallied for a second straight day to defeat the Astros, 7-5, and claim the rubber match of a three-game set.

Drew stepped to the plate after Josh Fields (1-2) gave up David Ortiz's fourth hit of the day and a walk to Jonny Gomes, and sent a no-doubter into the right field seats to put the Red Sox in front. The homer allowed Boston to sidestep a 1-for-11 performance with runners in scoring position and claim its ninth win in 12 games.

The Astros held a five-run lead on Tuesday before losing 15-10, and failed to maintain a three-run edge in Wednesday's series finale. Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth for Boston to preserve his 11th save. Gomes clubbed a two-run shot with two outs in the seventh and Junichi Tazawa (5-3) tossed two perfect innings in relief to keep it a one-run game and the Red Sox within striking distance.

In Kansas City, Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI and Alcides Escobar added to hits and a pair of RBI as the Royals downed the Minnesota Twins, 5-2.

Lorenzo Cain also drove in a run while Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer each collected two hits, including a double, and scored a run for the Royals, who are 15-4 since the All-Star break. Louis Coleman (2-0) earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and Greg Holland stranded a runner in the ninth for his 30th save.

The Red Sox and Royals entered the series all even in their all-time series, having each won 220 games since they began playing on May 27, 1969. Kansas City won twice in a three-game series at Fenway Park in April.

08/08 10:21:58 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
9th
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
4th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
4th
MISS 28
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 20
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 10
RUTG 14
 
1st
ARST 16
WEBER 0
 
1st
VANDY 0
TEMPL 0
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
2nd
SDC 9
ARI 3
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 7
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5