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Red Sox at Royals lineup: Can Chris Sale grill K.C.?


MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
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The Red Sox (59-29) look to continue their sweepingly victorious ways when they visit the moribund Royals (25-61) tonight in one of the Kansas Cities (8:15 p.m., NESN), the one with the baseball stadium, behind Chris Sale (8-4, 2.41 ERA). Read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight’s game: Sale, who has been on one recently, will look to dominate a Royals lineup that is bad and not good. He’ll be “matched” by Jason Hammel (2-10, 5.56 ERA), who, like the rest of this KC team, has been as bad as the Sox have been good. They start someone named Rosell Herrera today at shortstop, and he’s batting second. Second!

As for the Sox, Mitch Moreland is still out with a side issue, but Steve Pearce is in his place at first base and batting cleanup. Rafael Devers gets the night off, with Eduardo Núñez shifting over to third base, and Sandy León gets the start behind the plate.

About Wednesday’s game: It was at 11 a.m.! And the Sox won! But mostly: 11 a.m.! Read Matt’s thingy here.

Forecast: 86 degrees around gametime, continuing the streak of playing in scorching weather in the summer. Who’da thunk it?

Today’s reading: Evan Drellich has a wonderful piece on Brock Holt coming face-to-face with his anxiety and getting it under control.

Today’s listening: New Red Seat, y’all. We cover David Price, relief pitching and, no joke, Bad Boys 2.

A good tweet, tag yourself, I’m Beni:


Game 89 at Royals

Lineup Spot Red Sox Royals
Lineup Spot Red Sox Royals
1 Mookie Betts, RF Whit Merrifield, RF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Rosell Herrera, SS
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Mike Moustakas, 3B
4 Steve Pearce, 1B Salvador Pérez, C
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Jorge Bonifacio, LF
6 Brock Holt, 2B Hunter Dozier, DH
7 Eduardo Núñez, 3B Lucas Duda, 1B
8 Sandy León, C Alcides Escobar, SS
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Adalberto Mondesi, 2B
SP Chris Sale, LHP Jason Hammel, RHP