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07/18/07 12:50 AM ET

Perez looks for first win in a month

Kansas City (40-53) at Boston (56-37), 6:05 p.m. CT

Now here's something you might not suspect: The Royals have a chance to win back-to-back series at Fenway Park.

You might not suspect that because the Royals have won just four of 17 games at Fenway in the last five years. However, two of those victories came in the previous three-game series in Boston last September.

And now, after Tuesday night's 9-3 Royals win, the current series is tied at one victory each.

And, if the Royals follow form to victory, expect a lot of runs. In the last three wins at Fenway, they've scored 29 runs.

Left-hander Odalis Perez gets the starting assignment, and a victory would even the Royals' record on this tough trip to 3-3. Perez has an 0-2 career record in four games against the Red Sox.

However, he's done well in two games at Fenway, giving up just three earned runs in 14 innings (1.93 ERA). He's without a decision at the storied ballpark.

His opponent will be Julian Tavarez, who posted the Red Sox's only victory in last season's series at Boston.

Pitching matchup
KC: LHP Odalis Perez (4-8, 5.68 ERA)
Perez, in the first game after the break, lasted just 4 2/3 innings at Cleveland on Friday night. For Perez to be effective, he has to hit his spots, and his aim was errant in that start. Although he walked just two, his pitch count had reached 95 when he was lifted. He'll be making this start on the one-month anniversary of his last victory -- June 18 over the Cardinals in KC. Perez lost to the Red Sox in the second game of the season, giving up three runs in the first inning.

BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (5-7, 5.15 ERA)
Tavarez was roughed up by the Blue Jays on Friday, yielding 12 baserunners and four earned runs in just four-plus innings of work. After a stretch of above-average pitching out of the No. 5 hole through June, Tavarez hasn't gotten the same results in three July outings. He has allowed 26 hits and seven walks in just 14 1/3 innings spanning those starts, as his ERA has ballooned back over five.

Player to watch
If any of the Royals knows Tavarez, it's Mark Grudzielanek who's 8-for-26 (.308) against him. Grudzielanek has three doubles, four RBIs and a walk against him as well.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Royals (Gil Meche, 6-6, 3.69) at Tigers (Kenny Rogers, 3-1, 2.82), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Royals (Jorge De La Rosa, 7-10, 5.25) at Tigers (Justin Verlander, 11-3, 3.26), 6:05 p.m. CT

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.