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Game 60 Thread: Red Sox vs. Royals

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The Royals play the Red Sox for the first time this year

Cheslor Cuthbert #19 of the Kansas City Royals gestures after crossing the plate after a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.
Cheslor Cuthbert #19 of the Kansas City Royals gestures after crossing the plate after a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.
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It’s draft time! And, oh yeah, the Kansas City Royals are playing baseball still! Tonight, the Royals will host the reigning World Series champions the Boston Red Sox.

While the Royals are really bad, the Red Sox might be bad in a worse way. Eh, maybe not. Rephrase: while the Royals are really bad, the Red Sox might be more disappointing. After winning the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox have been flirting with a losing record. They currently stand at a precipitous 30-29. They’re 8.5 games out from the New York Yankees in the AL East—but only one game out from the second Wild Card spot. For a young team that nevertheless also sports a huge payroll, that’s somewhat astounding.

Tonight is the first match between the Red Sox and Royals this year. The Royals will send Glenn Sparkman to the mound with this lineup:

The Red Sox will counter with this lineup, featuring professional bowler Mookie Betts leading off and Eduardo Escobar starting:

The third day of the 2019 MLB draft is tomorrow, regardless of what happens tonight at Kauffman Stadium.