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Red Sox vs. Royals lineups: Steven Wright returns to the mound

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Steven Wright makes his return to the rotation

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The Red Sox will have Steven Wright back on the mound for just the second time in August as they try to bounce back from a bad end to a good road trip.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B TBA
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright Starting Pitcher -- Ian Kennedy

It wasn't all that long ago that the Royals were totally dead in the water--under .500 and non-factors in the central race. And they still are, kind of, just not so much as they were back then. Eight straight wins, nine-of-ten, and twelve-of-fourteen will do that for you. Yes, the Red Sox get to face the Royals at their hottest point while the Sox are coming off a pretty brutal road trip having played each of the last 17 days.

It's not exactly the ideal recipe for success.

Certainly, though, Wright is capable of taking less-than-ideal circumstances and turning them into a win all-the-same. That it's Ian Kennedy on the mound in opposition actually sounds better then it appears at first glance--Kennedy has an ERA of 3.58 on the season--this is very much a pitcher who could struggle in Fenway Park given its cramped dimensions and his tendency towards fly balls.

Oh, and for those wondering, it's mid-80's with 50% humidity for the first pitch, so...not great for the Wright narrative.