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Red Sox vs. Royals lineup: Sox send their best against Royals

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The Red Sox need Rick Porcello to provide them with some innings to spare a suddenly taxed bullpen as they get set to send the best part of their rotation against the Royals.

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The Red Sox have the strong part of their rotation set to take on the Kansas City Royals before they finally see this long stretch of games come to an end with a rare day off.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Mookie Betts, RF Alcides Escobar, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Lorenzo Cain, CF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Eric Hosmer, 1B
David Ortiz, DH Kendrys Morales, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Alex Gordon, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B Salvador Perez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C Omar Infante, 2B
Brock Holt, LF Paulo Orlando, RF
Starting Pitcher -- Rick Porcello Starting Pitcher -- Yordano Ventura

There's been no more consistent arm in the rotation for Boston than Rick Porcello, and he could not have chosen a better time to have his name come up in the order. With the bullpen taxed thanks to an extra-innings game and a pair of short starts, they'll need him to extend his MLB-leading streak of 6+ inning starts tonight.

If he does, the Red Sox should have a good chance of winning tonight. They're up against a pitcher in Yordano Ventura with a mediocre ERA and some truly miserable peripherals. Walks higher than strikeouts? In May? With a lineup that's producing at a historic pace, you have to expect the Red Sox will be capable of some fireworks tonight.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and ESPN.