Beckett wields the broom for Sox

Beckett wields the broom for Boston

On the heels of their first one-hitter since a 7-0 win over Cincinnati last year, the Red Sox go for a sweep of the Royals on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Kansas City's lone All-Star representative, Mark Redman, faces Boston righty Josh Beckett in the matinee.

The Red Sox hope that Jon Lester's impressive performance of Tuesday night rubs off on Beckett, who is coming off his first Fenway loss of the year, a 15-3 rout at the hands of the A's last Friday. He had been 5-0 at home prior to that loss.

Beckett is making his 20th start of the season and his eighth at Fenway. He will aim to join Toronto's Roy Halladay as 12-game winners in the American League.

The Red Sox have won five straight against the Royals since a loss on May 9, 2004, and have taken 10 of 11 from the visitors since the start of the 2003 season. The 1-0 win on Tuesday improved Boston's home record against Kansas City to 21-11 since 1998.

Pitching matchup
KC: LHP Mark Redman (6-4, 5.38 ERA)
Redman continues to serve as the anchor of the Royals' rotation. Though he didn't dazzle in his last outing, he held firm to an early lead. What he didn't do, however, was pitch as deep into the ballgame as manager Buddy Bell might have liked. Still, nobody can complain much about where he left the Royals. And against the Red Sox, Bell will welcome a similar performance.

BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (11-5, 5.12 ERA)
Beckett was lit up against Oakland last Friday, suffering his first loss at Fenway Park this season. He gave up seven runs, eight hits and walked four batters over 4 1/3 innings. He has given up a Major League-high 27 home runs this season.

Player to watch
Boston's new all-time leader for games caught, Jason Varitek, has gone 7-for-18 (.389) in his last five games to snap out of an 0-for-12 slump in his previous two games and a 3-for-35 skid in his prior eight contests.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• 850 AM, WEEI, 950 AM, WROL (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 11-3, 3.42) vs. Rangers (LHP John Rheinecker, 4-4, 4.82), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 1-1, 10.03) at Mariners (LHP Jamie Moyer, 5-8, 3.75), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-8, 4.14) at Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez, 8-8, 4.89) 4:05 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.