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Royals at Tigers: Sunday Night Baseball Game Thread

Kansas City and Detroit square off for the seventh time this season, but this one will be on national TV. First place is on the line in Mo-Town.

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Holy crap guys, ESPN is actually talking about the Royals!

...Did the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Mike Trout all disappear?

Rainy weather in Detroit doesn't appear to be a threat for tonight's Sunday Night Baseball contest between the Royals and the Tigers, meaning that the ESPN audience is about to watch the 2014 AL Champions for the first time.

Here's the lineup that Ned Yost will roll out for the Royals:

Detroit, meanwhile, will be without two of their regulars for the second straight day. Jose Iglesias (groin) and Alex Avila (foot) will both miss tonight's contest, while Shane Greene will get the ball for the Tigers off horrible outings. After allowing just one earned run in his first three starts, Greene has surrendered 20 runs in his last three outings, spanning just 11 innings. We'll see if the pink bats can continue to knock the 26-year-old around, while Chris Young will look to hold down a Detroit team that he held without a hit in his only other start of the year.

...Oh wonderful, it's 6:09 here and ESPN is already talking about the Yankees on "Baseball Tonight."

Tonight is a big chance for the Royals. They have an opportunity to swing back into the season advantage with Detroit, as well as a chance to go up a season-best 1.5 games in the standings. It's Mother's Day, and it's Salvador Perez' birthday - what better day to break the hearts of nearly 40,000 Tigers fans?