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Saturday, July 19 (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (48-47) at Boston Red Sox (44-52), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Danny Duffy (5-9, 2.76) Boston - Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.89)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox will clash for the second time as part of a three-game set at Fenway Park Saturday.

It could be a low-scoring duel as each team sends a pitcher to the mound with a sub-3.00 earned run average.

For the Royals, Danny Duffy will take to the hill for the start. Duffy sports a well below-average 5-9 record, but has managed to keep opponents' scoring to a minimum this season, posting a 2.76 ERA.

He's lost his last two starts, but gave up only two runs (one earned) in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Tigers on July 11 in his most recent outing. In his last five starts, Duffy has picked up just one win to go against four losses.

Duffy has made three starts against the Red Sox in his career, and owns an 0-1 record and a 7.07 ERA. Though his ERA on the road is still low (2.34), he only owns a 4-5 record away from home.

The Red Sox will battle back against Duffy's low ERA by sending Rubby De La Rosa out for the start. De La Rosa has made just six starts this season, but owns a 2-2 record with a 2.89 ERA in those appearances.

De La Rosa, a 25-year-old right-hander who was called up from the minors earlier this season, looks to have solidified a spot in the rotation. He picked up two no-decisions in his most recent two starts. Against the White Sox on July 9, De La Rosa pitched five innings and allowed three runs and struck out just three batters.

He's pitched once against Kansas City in his career, going one inning and allowing two runs (two home runs) for an 18.00 ERA.

The Royals held a 4-1 advantage over the Red Sox Friday night through five innings, but thanks to two two-run homers in the bottom half of the sixth inning, Boston was able to take the lead and hold on for the 5-4 victory.

Xander Bogaerts sent a shot deep to center field, which plated him and Daniel Nava to cut the deficit to 4-3 Royals. Then Jonny Gomes went deep later in the inning on a pinch-hit homer, which scored Stephen Drew, for the 5-4 lead.

"For me, that's the opportunity I feast on," Gomes said.

Clay Buchholz earned the win for Boston despite giving up 10 hits and four earned runs through six innings of work.

Scott Downs, who came on in relief for James Shields, allowed the winning homer to Gomes, which gave him the loss.

Eric Hosmer registered two RBI for the Royals on the night. He went 3-for-5 at the plate.

The Red Sox have now won five of their last six games, while Kansas City has dropped four of its last five games.

07/19 10:22:15 ET

TV
  • NFL: NY Giants at Washington

    Thursday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Western Michigan at Virginia Tech

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Texas A&M

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
CAR
 
Final
NYY 5
BAL 0
Final
CLE 0
KAN 2
Final
TOR 14
SEA 4
Final
DET 0
CWS 2
Final
ATL 0
PIT 1
Final
TEX 4
HOU 3
Final
CHC 0
STL 8
Final
MIN 2
ARI 6
Final
OAK 8
ANA 4
Final
SDP 1
COL 0
Final
LOS 2
SFG 5
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
NYM
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
SEA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
CIN
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
PIT
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
TAM
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
HOU
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
ARI
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
 
Final
NYI 3
OTT 2
 
6:00pm Monday
NYI
OTT
 
Final
PIT 1
DET 2
Final
NYR 4
NJD 5
Final
PHI 2
TOR 3
 
Final
PHI 5
WAS 4
Final
WIN 2
MIN 1
Final
DAL 4
STL 3
Final
COL 2
ANA 5
Final
ANA 4
COL 0
Final
ARI 5
LOS 4
Final
LOS 4
ARI 3
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
CAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
BOS
 
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
NAS
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
PHI
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
DET
 
9:00pm Tonight
VAN
SJS
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
ARI
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
VAN
 
Final
NYJ 19
CHI 27