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Red Sox at Royals lineup: Screw it, let’s do 20 runs

Mercy is for the weak!

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals
These guys are happy, and I am happy, and you are happy.
Peter G. Aiken

The Red Sox (61-29) look to further humiliate the downtrodden Royals (25-63) when the two “teams” face off this afternoon in Kansas City (2:15 p.m., NESN) behind Rick Porcello (10-3, 3.57 ERA).

About today’s game: If Porcello’s ever gonna pitch a perfect game, it’s gonna be today. He almost certainly won’t, but the day game after a brutal night game doesn’t sound like the best recipe for a K.C. team that’s easy to feel sorry for... when you’re not playing them. When you are, never let your foot off the throat! The Royals send emergency starter Heath Fillmyer (0-0, 2.00 ERA) to the mound in place of Jakob Junis, who was placed on the DL instead of making his scheduled start. Things are not good in Missouri.

J.D. Martinez gets the day off, with Steve Pearce hitting in his place as DH. Eduardo Núñez is at second.

About last night’s game: 15-4, so, yeah. My favorite statline was Andrew Benintendi’s 2-2 with a double, a homer and four walks. Feel free to tag yourself in the recap, tho.

Forecast: About 86 at gametime but quickly getting into the 90s, with a 25 percent chance of rain. Fly ball weather. Go figure.

Today’s reading: I gave you a whole book yesterday, so you can take today off.

A good tweet:


Game 91 at Royals

Lineup Spot Red Sox Royals
Lineup Spot Red Sox Royals
1 Mookie Betts, RF Whit Merrifield, 2B
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Jorge Bonifacio, RF
3 Steve Pearce, DH Mike Moustakas, 1B
4 Mitch Moreland, 1B Lucas Duda, DH
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Gordon, LF
6 Rafael Devers, 3B Hunter Dozier, 3B
7 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Abraham Almonte, CF
8 Sandy León, C Adalberto Mondesi, SS
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Drew Butera, C
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Heath Fillmyer, RHP