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Mike Matheny reveals his Opening Day starting lineup

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Bubba Starling makes the start on his first Opening Day.

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The Royals hired Mike Matheny nine months ago, and it is only today that he finally manages his first regular season game with the Royals. The Royals will open the 2020 season in Cleveland tonight against the Indians, with Danny Duffy tabbed to get the start on the mound.

Matheny revealed the lineup for tonight’s game, and there aren’t any big surprises. We will see the return of Salvador Pérez, and it will be the first Opening Day for first baseman Ryan McBroom and center fielder Bubba Starling, who was the Royals’ first-round pick in 2011. Here’s how the Royals line up against Cleveland right-handed starter Shane Bieber.

Royals starting lineup

Pos. Hitter Bats BA OBA SLG PA HR rWAR
Pos. Hitter Bats BA OBA SLG PA HR rWAR
RF Whit Merrifield R .302 .348 .463 735 16 3.7
SS Adalberto Mondesi S .263 .291 .424 443 9 2.4
DH Jorge Soler R .265 .354 .569 679 48 3.6
C Salvador Perez R N/A
LF Alex Gordon L .266 .345 .396 633 13 1.3
1B Ryan McBroom R .293 .361 .360 83 0 0.0
3B Maikel Franco R .234 .297 .409 428 17 -0.6
2B Nicky Lopez L .240 .276 .325 402 2 0.1
CF Bubba Starling R .215 .255 .317 197 4 -0.8

All stats are from 2019.

The game airs at 6:10 CT on Fox Sports Kansas City.