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Game 85: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays

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Whit’s first game as an All-Star!

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals (29-55) @ Toronto Blue Jays (31-53)

Glenn Sparkman (2-3, 4.07 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (0-4, 6.89 ERA)

First pitch: 12:07 CT

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Quick Hits:

  • Whit Merrifield will represent the Royals in the All-Star game next week.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. made his professional debut in Surprise, Arizona Sunday night. He went 3-6 with an RBI and a stolen base.
  • Brett Phillips finished the month of June slashing .292/.420/.597 with 10 extra-base hits. He also put up a 15.5% K-rate, which is the lowest of his career, per Clint Scoles of RoyalsAcademy.com
  • In four starts against the Royals, Richard has allowed 14 earned runs and four home runs. But at Rogers Centre, he’s posted a 5.79 ERA in five starts.
  • With international signing allowed tomorrow, Kansas City has been linked to the #5 overall prospect in OF Erick Pena. The 6’3, 16-year-old’s scouting grades are

Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50