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Boston0 1 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 7130
Kansas City0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 491
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  W: J. Winckowski (5-5)   L: Z. Greinke (3-7)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 5, 2022
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 21,246

Red Sox's Eric Hosmer is back in familiar surroundings in K.C.

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Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Red Sox are 15-4 (.789) against the Royals since 2018, the second-best record for any American League club against an AL foe in that span (A's vs. Tigers -- 24-4, .857). Boston dropped two of three in Kansas City last year after sweeping there in both 2018 and 2019.
  2. Boston took two of three in Houston, picking up its first series victory since June 24-26. The Red Sox held the Astros to one and two runs in their two wins, giving them a 5-0 record since the All-Star break when allowing fewer than three runs compared to 0-8 otherwise.
  3. Xander Bogaerts hit his 150th career home run yesterday, becoming the 17th player in franchise history to reach that mark. He is ninth to do so prior to turning 30 years old, and the first since Nomar Garciaparra.
  4. The Royals dropped two of three to the White Sox, scoring a total of five runs in the three contests. Kansas City has plated 20 runs in its last nine contests, its fewest over any nine-game span over the last three seasons.
  5. Bobby Witt Jr. is the fourth American League shortstop to have at least 15 home runs and 50 RBI in fewer than 100 career games since RBI became official in 1920, joining Bo Bichette, Carlos Correa and Nomar Garciaparra.
  6. Kris Bubic faced the Red Sox twice last year and went 1-1 with a 9.45 ERA, including yielding five runs over 4.0 innings in his lone start against them. Nick Pivetta made two starts against the Royals in 2021 and went 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/4/2022 thru 8/7/2022

When Eric Hosmer steps into the batting cage at his home in suburban Miami in the offseason, a frequent guest is fellow Miamian J.D. Martinez. They no longer have to wait until the offseason to hit together after Hosmer was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in a trade-deadline deal on Tuesday.

Hosmer and Martinez likely will be hitting back-to-back on Friday as the Red Sox play the second game of a four-game road series against the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals will send Zack Greinke (3-6, 4.41 ERA) to the mound against the Red Sox's Josh Winckowski (4-5, 5.00).

Hosmer went 0-for-3 with a walk in his Red Sox debut on Thursday as the Royals took the first game of the series, 7-4. Salvador Perez hit a controversial three-run home run to cap Kansas City's four-run seventh inning.

Hosmer, 32, and Martinez, 34, played against each other a lot as kids.

"We grew up close to each other. I always watched J.D. at Flanagan (High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla.)," Hosmer said Thursday prior to his first appearance in Kansas City since the last game of the 2017 season, the last of seven years he spent with the Royals. "In the offseason we definitely hook up a lot."

Hosmer followed Martinez in Boston's lineup Thursday, something manager Alex Cora said would be a common occurrence moving forward.

"He'll play pretty regularly at first base," Cora said of Hosmer, who batted in the sixth slot. "It really doesn't matter where he hits, he'll be OK. He and J.D. will be back-to-back most of the time."

Royals manager Mike Matheny was well aware of Hosmer's history in Kansas City.

"I know how much Hosmer has meant to this organization," he said. "Some of the greatest memories a lot of Royals fans have, he's been right in the middle of them."

Matheny is focused on his young players establishing a positive trajectory as Hosmer and his teammates did early in the last decade. And he expects it to start now.

"We're thinking about winning today," he said. "That's always going to be the conversation as to what we have to do today to win with whoever is here. It's a difficult process losing players who are part of your family for a long time. That takes a little while to unpack. But it does create an opportunity for some young players.

"When they were brought onto the scene in Toronto, I said I'd like to have all of them. The opportunity presents itself where they have to opportunity to play. It's all about what we have to do to each day to put a winning product on the field."

The Royals are extremely young after several veterans were traded away at the deadline. One of the few veterans remaining is Greinke, who is in his second stint with the Royals.

Greinke, who owns a 2-5 record and a 5.09 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Red Sox, has won his last three decisions at home. In his past four starts in Kansas City, Greinke has allowed just two runs in 22 innings.

Winckowski will be facing the Royals for the first time in his career. The 24-year-old rookie won his latest start, when he gave up two runs in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, after losing each of his four prior outings. He pitched to a 6.75 ERA during the skid.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 5, 2022

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