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Red Sox vs. Royals lineups: In the time of Nick

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Mr. Pivetta can lead the Sox to their fifth straight win tonight at Fenway.

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It even looks like he’s facing the Royals! Thanks, blue!
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The Red Sox look for their fifth straight win when they face the Royals behind Nick Pivetta tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) in the second game of a four-game set.

Fresh off their dismantling of the decrepit Yankees, the Sox pulled a come-from-behind victory against Kansas City yesterday that showed, once again, that this team never lets up. Hunter Renfroe was yesterday’s hero; who will be today’s? Maybe Pivetta? He sports an even 4.00 ERA and can lower it into the happy zone (anything beginning with a 3 or below) with a good outing tonight. Brad Keller, the Royals starter, enters the contest with a 6.39 ERA, and cannot reach the happy zone tonight. So maybe just make him more sad? Seems like a plan to me.

The Sox have Alex Verdugo back in his customary two-spot and the suddenly-hot Kiké Hernández leading off. Danny Santana, the pariah of the offense, is playing center field and batting eighth, but otherwise little to report except: Drink water! Stay indoors! Don’t overexert yourself! We are looking out for you, as always. Speaking of which, here are the lineups you requested:

Game 80 vs. Royals

Lineup spot Royals Red Sox
Lineup spot Royals Red Sox
1 Whit Merrifield, 2B Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Jorge Soler, RF Alex Verdugo, LF
3 Carlos Santana, 1B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Salvador Pérez, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Ryan O'Hearn, DH Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Emmanuel Rivera, 3B Hunter Renfroe, RF
7 Hunter Dozier, LF Christian Vázquez, C
8 Michael A. Taylor, CF Danny Santana, CF
9 Nicky Lopez, SS Bobby Dalbec, 1B
SP Brad Keller, RHP Nick Pivetta, RHP