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Independence Day Thread: Royals vs Indians Finale


Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals
Sluggerrr the Kansas City Royals’ mascot shows his holiday spirt as he shows off his Fourth of July costume prior to a game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Hunter Dozier has played over 3700 innings in his professional career. To date, he has played exactly zero at the big league level. Well, today is his lucky day, because Mike Moustakas is getting another day off because of a muscle strain and Ned Yost’s dart landed on the ‘shortstop’ section of the Alcides Escobar Dart Board.

Seriously: Alcides Escobar has played more career innings at third for the Royals, and until two weeks ago he had only played shortstop. The hell? Ah, whatever. Trevor Oaks is also getting a start in place of the injured Ian Kennedy.

The Cleveland Indians will counter with Trevor Bauer, drone-lover and Accuser of Houston for doing bad things. And a lineup that is actually good.

There will be fireworks after the game, launched by the Royals. There will also probably be fireworks during the game, launched by the Indians. So, eh. So it goes.