Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are two key pieces to the Red Sox going forward, but can they meet the high expectations set for them?
Will the Red Sox, coming off consecutive last-place finishes under John Farrell, be tempted to make a quick change if they start slowly?
3yMatt Albers came in in relief for Daniel Bard in the eight inning, but relief isn't what he gave. He left one over the plate, and Billy Butler made him pay.
3yRed Sox rookie phenom Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday night's game against the Royals in the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. It's the same issue he had a couple days ago.
3yDaniel Bard seemed to be cruising through the game, aside from some early trouble, but in the eighth inning he ran into trouble.
3yCalled on to help protect a 4-3 lead after starter Daniel Bard walked the first two hitters of the inning, Matt Albers gave up a three-run homer to Billy Butler, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 comeback win over the Red Sox.
3yJacoby Ellsbury was on the field in Kansas City taking part in agility drills for the first time since injuring his shoulder.
3yWith three straight lefties set to pitch against the Sox, including yesterday, Bobby Valentine is working to keep the lineup fresh.
3yDespite Will Middlebrooks tearing it up in the big leagues thus far, it will be Kevin Youkilis starting at third base when he returns from the DL, according to Ben Cherington.