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Red Sox vs. Royals lineups: No place like the American League

Home sweet home. I mean, Kansas City, but still.

Hey, look, it's a not-pitcher hitting!
Hey, look, it's a not-pitcher hitting!
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We now return you from the madness of Instagram suspensions and National League baseball to a lineup featuring all three of David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Pablo Sandoval.

For better or worse...

Brock Holt - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS
Mookie Betts - CF Mike Moustakas - 3B
David Ortiz - DH Lorenzo Cain - CF
Hanley Ramirez - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Xander Bogaerts - SS Kendrys Morales - DH
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Alex Gordon - LF
Mike Napoli - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Alejandro De Aza - RF Alex Rios - RF
Blake Swihart - C Omar Infante - 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP Yohan Pino - RHP

It's Eduardo Rodriguez' first start since his sad disaster against the Blue Jays. And while he's not up against the best team in the league against southpaws like last time, the Royals still come in at #10, hitting at slightly above a league average rate as a group against left-handed pitching. So while it's still a challenge, there's reason to expect better from the young Rodriguez, both because of the competition and because of the simple fact that he's certainly better than he showed against Toronto.

If you're looking at the starter for the Royals and wondering who the heck Yohan Pino is, that's because he's a 31-year-old pitcher making just his 12th major league start. He's kept runs off the board for the Royals thus far this season after posting a 5.07 ERA with the Twins in 60 innings last year, but he's only ever pitched in relief for them thus far. It's not exactly the most intimidating name or resume, but with these Red Sox, you never do know.

First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.