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Another game! Against a different team!

Pitcher Mike Montgomery #21 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during an intrasquad scrimmage as part of summer workouts at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Pitcher Mike Montgomery #21 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during an intrasquad scrimmage as part of summer workouts at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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IT IS HAPPENING. LIVE BASEBALL. PLAYED BY THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS. AGAINST ANOTHER TEAM. THE HOUSTON ASTROS. ON TELEVISION.

Sure, it’s an exhibition game that’s utterly meaningless. Sure, this is July, the season being what it is due to a nearly unprecedented global health disaster. Sure, there are serious doubts on whether or not we should be playing the season at all.

But for baseball fans, those things are ultimately out of our control. We can either choose to enjoy the televised product on the field or we can choose not to. Starting tonight, there will be televised baseball for 60 out of the next 67 days. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to make that decision either way.

The Kansas City Royals will send Mike Montgomery to the mound tonight. This sets him up to start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers in the for realsies season, and while the Royals haven’t confirmed that it will happen, it seems perfectly likely enough.

Royals Lineup

Astros Lineup

There hasn’t been any live baseball on Fox Sports Kansas City since March. That ends tonight. Will there be retaliation against the Astros for their cheating ways? Will the Royals look like a better team this year? Will those in the best shape of their lives show it on television? Will Salvy throw someone out at second base? There’s only one thing to do: tune in.