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Red Sox Vs. Royals Lineup: Ryan Lavarnway Debuts In Kansas City

With Kevin Youkilis on the DL and David Ortiz in a walking boot, Ryan Lavarnway has been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Lavarnway, who has been taring up the minor league and was called up in place of Youkilis, will make his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals at 8:10 p.m. EDT on Thursday night.

Here are the lineups for both teams for tonight's games.

Boston Red Sox (74-48)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Jed Lowrie, 3B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  5. Josh Reddick, RF
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Ryan Lavarnway, DH
  8. Jason Varitek, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS
Starting Pitcher: Josh Beckett (9-5, 2.40 ERA)

Kansas City Royals (51-73)
  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Billy Butler, DH
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  6. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

Starting Pitcher: Luke Hochevar (8-9, 4.89 ERA)

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