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Red Sox vs. Royals lineup: Mookie Betts is back atop the batting order

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It’s the return of the king today at Fenway.

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox (21-8) look to bounce back after last night’s exhausting extra-innings loss to the Royals (8-21) this afternoon at Fenway Park (1:05 p.m., NESN).

About today’s game: This will be third start for Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.27 ERA), and it would be a perfect for Good Pomeranz make his debut after last night’s Craig Kimbrel-blown-save-fueled bullpen meltdown. The Royals don’t quite match the Sox in season-to-date futility on the mound, but they do start slumping southpaw Danny Duffy (0-3, 5.40 ERA).

Mookie Betts is back and batting first. Andrew Benintendi will start against the lefty after a nice double off a southpaw last night, which pushes J.D. Martinez to DH and Mitch Moreland out of the lineup.

About last night: Too soon and too much to get into here. 7-6 Royals in extras. Read Matt’s baffled, extended game recap here.

Forecast: Heaven. 75 degrees and sunny for an afternoon game. Drink it in.

A tweet from last night that was correct, just not like they meant it:

LINEUPS

Game 30 vs. Royals

Lineup Spot Royals Red Sox
Lineup Spot Royals Red Sox
1 Whit Merrifield, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Jorge Soler, RF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B Hanley Ramirez, 1B
4 Salvador Perez, DH J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Jon Jay, LF Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Lucas Duda, 1B Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Alcides Escobar, SS Eduardo Nunez, 2B
8 Alex Gordon, CF Sandy Leon, C
9 Drew Butera, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Danny Duffy, LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP