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The Royals may not be playing, but you can still watch baseball, silly.

Why no Schwarber?
Why no Schwarber?
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The Blue Jays already took care of the Twins today, but there is plenty of baseball yet to be played. While second-half off-days are going to be a rarity, it does give Royals fans a chance to size up the rest of the league in an admittedly inadequate sample.

In the early east coast games, you can watch Doug Fister and the Nationals play host to the surprisingly average Diamondbacks, whose near-.500 play has been fueled largely by Paul Goldschmidt and apparently-for-real A.J. Pollock (though Pollock did miss yesterday's game with a hamstring injury). Jon Lester and Francisco Liriano square off in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately Kyle Schwarber is not in tonight's lineup for the Cubs, meaning David Ross and the OK-but-unsexy Chris Denorfia are in the lineup for Chicago. Bartolo Colon will take at-bats for the first couple of times through the Mets lineup in Miami. Set your DVRs. And make sure not to watch the Giants play the Braves because no one should have to watch the Giants play.

In the Central Time Zone, the Astros, led by heat-hurling rookie Lance McCullers, head to Arlington to face the intrastate rival Rangers. The Padres and Brewers face off in the battle of who could care less. The Rays send perhaps the most surprising starting pitcher this season, Nathan Karns, up against the Pale Hoes and Jose Quintana.

Seattle heads to Colorado in a game that will surely capture the attention of the entire Western World.

Moving west to the Pacific Time Zone, Cleveland sends Corey Kluber to the mound against Garrett Richards and the potent bats of The The Angels Angels of Anaheim. And lastly, former Royal Jesse Chavez faces the visiting Orioles in Oak Land.

Or you can talk about whatever you want.

I finally moved into a place. It's very small. I do have the internet now. I shouldn't have to write game recaps from an iPad across regions of the US in which cellular coverage is spotty at best.

Say your goodbyes to Jon Stewart this week. He will be missed by many.