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Red Sox vs. Royals lineups: Sox need Price to play stopper

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The Red Sox need Price to get them back in the win column Saturday night.

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The Red Sox turn to David Price Saturday night in search of a big start to put a halt to their three-game losing streak.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B TBA
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, CF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Sandy Leon, C
Chris Young, LF
Aaron Hill, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Starting Pitcher -- David Price Starting Pitcher -- Danny Duffy

There's a pretty obvious change to Boston's lineup, with Jackie Bradley Jr. dropped all the way to the last spot in the batting order. Bradley has long since cooled off from his ridiculous early-season tear, but August is the first part of the year that's actually been bad for Bradley. Every single other month, Bradley has hit to at least an .800 OPS, but in August he's at .557.

Xander Bogaerts has actually been worse on the month, and struggling for about the same amount of time, but with three hits yesterday to Bradley's zero, it makes some sense that Bradley is the one on the way down.

On the mound, the stage is set for something of a pitcher's duel. David Price has finally started pitching the way he was expected to in these last couple months, while Danny Duffy has been the guy who helped lead the Royals to the World Series in 2014, only with dramatically improved peripherals. The Sox will have to hope their platoon bats come through against the tough lefty.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.