The Royals have a Major League-leading 11 walk-off wins this season, one ahead of San Francisco entering Sunday. Their latest came Friday, when rookie Eric Hosmer delivered the game-winning hit. Along with the walk-offs, Kansas City also is 9-6 in extra innings. Reliever Tim Collins said the Royals' attitude has led them to have success in those situations. "We're just a team that doesn't give up, man," Collins said. "We've lost a lot of one-run ballgames that easily could have been a win in our column. We have a lot of fight, we have guys who have a lot of heart. We're here, we want to win." The Royals shouldn't have to worry about any injuries to their starters, as the club is expected to roll with a six-man rotation for the foreseeable future. Manager Ned Yost said he sees the positive and negative of a six-man staff. "Especially with the off-days built in, they're pitching every seventh day, which I don't really like, but that's the way that it is," Yost said. "But yeah, you don't worry so much about pitch counts getting elevated past 110, 115 like you normally would on a five-man." Red Sox: Crawford heating up
Carl Crawford has recorded a hit in his last five games, including a 3-for-4 performance Sunday. Crawford entered the game only 6-for-20 since returning from his hamstring injury, but Francona said prior to the Sunday's game he was confident Crawford would get going. "I actually think he's looking better," Francona said. "He got rewarded, got a couple hits in that first game. I thought that relaxed him at the plate." Right-hander Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw a side session before Monday's game. Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 16 because of back pain. Worth noting
Despite Sunday's loss, the Royals recently completed their first winning homestand since April 29-May 8. On Monday, Boston tries to tie its longest home winning streak since a 10-gamer from August 28-Sept. 16, 2009. Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera is a .389 (7-for-18) career hitter against Lester.