KANSAS CITY – A bit of a slow news morning in Kansas City. With a day game after a night game, Ryan Lavarnway gets the start behind the plate with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a day off.
Lavarnway has never faced James Shields. Saltalamacchia is 0-for-14 against the Royals right-hander.
- Catcher David Ross, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a concussion, is expected to catch four or five innings today for Double-A Portland. He served as the designated hitter on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with an RBI. If all goes well, his rehab assignment will be transferred to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He will continue on an every-other day schedule of DH’ing and catching until he catches back-to-back games. At the time, Ross will be activated. The Sox are optimistic that will coincide with their three-game series in San Francisco, which begins Aug. 19.
- Clay Buchholz threw a light bullpen session before todays’ game. The Sox have an off-day Monday in Toronto. He will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday.
- Stephen Drew is riding an 11-game hitting streak in which he is batting .415, going 17-for-41 with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, and nine walk. It is the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Oakland’s Eric Sogard with 14 games. This is Drew’s longest hit streak since a 12-gamer from July 3- Aug. 5, 2010, while with Arizona. It is the longest hit streak by a Sox shortstop since Alex Gonzalez hit in 12 straight games from Aug. 26 – Sept. 9, 2009.
- The Sox have the best day record in the majors at 21-11 (.656). They have an AL-best 3.15 ERA in day games, 2nd in MLB to the Dodgers’ 2.62 mark.