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Game CXXXIV Open Thread - Cleveland Racists vs. Kansas City Royals

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The post-Bruce Chen era begins with a game of "Please don't get shut down by Danny Salazar again"

Ed Zurga

Still not having lost a series since July 20, the Royals turn the page on last night's debacle with Jason Vargas on the hill. Kansas City is 5-1 at "The K" against the Indians this season, but having won four of their last five, Cleveland is making a late-season push to climb back into contention.

This series looks promising on paper for the Royals, who miss Cy Klubler and face three pitchers with ERA's over 4. Kansas City, meanwhile, will throw out their best three arms in front of what should be 90,000+ this weekend. In case that news wasn't good enough, Bruce Chen has been DFA'd, and Louis Coleman is back from Omaha.

Here's the lineup that Ned Yost has assembled:

Meanwhile, the lineup for the Indians:

Good news: Vargas is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts with Cleveland.

More good news: Wade Davis was unavailable last night after working back-to-back games, so he should be good to go for tonight.

Not good news: Scott Downs should also be fine to pitch should Yost call his name. Cue the curse words.

What's the expectation for this series, Royals fans? All Kansas City has to do is win one game this weekend, and they're guaranteed to enter September in first place for the first time since 1985.

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How many wins do you expect this series? (Friday: Salazar vs. Vargas Saturday: Shields vs. Bauer Sunday: Duffy vs. House)

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  • 13%
    0
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  • 20%
    1
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  • 57%
    2
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  • 7%
    3
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