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Red Sox vs. Royals lineup: It’s Sale Day, but Mookie Betts sits again

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The Sox can win their third straight game behind their ace tonight against Kansas City.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox
Beat them.
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The Red Sox (21-7) look to again beat down the woeful Royals (7-21) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) behind ace Chris Sale (2-1, 2.31 ERA).

About tonight’s game: Sale, an anthropomorphic stalk of corn that throws 95 miles per hour, will face off against righty Jakob Junis (3-2, 3.34 ERA). After a lot of chatter that Mookie Betts might return to the lineup tonight, he sits again, as the Sox run back last night’s double-digit run notching squad.

About yesterday’s game: Things started very badly when Eduardo Rodriguez loaded the bases before recording a single out, causing the Sox to fall behind 3-0.

They came back.

Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam, Mitch Moreland added a solo shot and Hector Velazquez cleaned up E-Rod’s mess en route to the 10-6 win. Read the recap here.

Forecast: About 62 and sunny. It’ll do.

A good tweet from yesterday:

LINEUPS

Game 29 vs. Royals

Lineup Spot Royals Red Sox
Lineup Spot Royals Red Sox
1 Whit Merrifield, 2B Andrew Benintendi, CF
2 Jorge Soler, DH Hanley Ramirez, DH
3 Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B J.D. Martinez, LF
4 Salvador Perez, C Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Jon Jay, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Abraham Almonte, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Lucas Duda, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
8 Alcides Escobar, SS Christian Vazquez, C
9 Alex Gordon, LF Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
SP Jakob Junis, RHP Chris Sale, LHP