Boston aims for series sweep of Royals
Boston; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Red Sox favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Boston can secure a series sweep over Kansas City with a win.
The Red Sox are 28-29 on their home turf. The Boston offense has compiled a .275 batting average as a team this season, good for first in the league. Rafael Devers leads the team with a mark of .323.
The Royals are 17-39 on the road. Kansas City has a collective .247 this season, led by Whit Merrifield with an average of .300. The Red Sox won the last meeting 7-5. Rick Porcello earned his 10th victory and Devers went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Boston. Mike Montgomery registered his fifth loss for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 3-7, .280 batting average, 6.52 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Royals: 1-9, .234 batting average, 6.80 ERA, outscored by 39 runs
Red Sox Injuries: Steven Wright: 10-day IL (toe), Heath Hembree: 10-day IL (elbow), Mookie Betts: day-to-day (shin), Dustin Pedroia: 60-day IL (knee), Steve Pearce: 10-day IL (back), J.D. Martinez: day-to-day (back).