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Alcides Escobar’s streak of making 406 consecutive starts as
the Kansas City Royals shortstop is about to end.

Manager Ned Yost said he plans to play Adalberto Mondesi Lawrence
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Escobar, 31, has been the Royals everyday shortstop since 2011 after being
acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Zack Greinke trade.

”Esky’s been our shortstop for a long time,” Yost said Tuesday. ”It’s a
pretty big change, seeing someboy different at short, but it’s exciting, too
because now you’re starting to give other younger players opportunities to see
what they can do.”

Escobar was an American League All-Star starter and Glove Glove winner in
2015, the year the Royals won the World Series.

With the Royals in last place with a 22-50 record entering the game Tuesday
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, they are looking to the future.

”It’s a good chance to experiment right now,” Yost said. ”There’s nothing
that is going to make or break us. You can start looking at things a little bit
differently and start experimenting with some things.”

He said he talked to Escobar about his consecutive-game streak, which is the
longest active streak in the majors, ending.

”We talked about the streak,” Yost said. ”There will be times he’ll sit. But
it’s time to look at Mondi at little bit and move Esky around.”

He said he could play Escobar at play third, second or center field.

”He was excited about the opportuity,” Yost said. ”He’s at a point in his
career where it will increase value if he can play multiple positions.”

Escobar played five games, one start in right field, in the outfield in 2010
with the Brewers. He has played 1 Cody
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The Royals have already started their youth movement by trading closer Kelvin
Herrera to the Washington Nationals on Monday for three prospects and outfielder
Jon Jay to the Arizona on June 6 for two minor league pitchers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The opener of the Boston Red Sox’s three-game series with
the Kansas City Royals on Friday night went as anticipated on paper.

The Red Sox jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings and Chris Sale
dominated the Royals, striking out 12 in six innings. The Royals scored four
meaningless runs the final three innings against the Red Sox bullpen in a 10-5
loss.

The Red Sox and Royals will meet again Saturday night and Boston will again
be heavily favored.

Boston (60-29) leads the majors with 60 victories and has a major league-best
.674 winning percentage. The Red Sox are 31 games above .500 for the first time
since concluding the 2013 season at 97-65.

Their 60 wins are the fourth most after 89 games in the 118-year franchise
history. The only teams with more wins after 89 games were the 1946 Red Sox at
63-26 and the 1912 and 1978 clubs at 61-28.

Boston is 5-2 on its nine-game, 10-day trip to New York, Washington and
Kansas City. It is 32-17 away from Fenway Park.

The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Royals this season. The Royals went 8-4
against the Red Sox in the previous two seasons, Boston’s worst record against
any opponent during that span.

Left-hander David Price will start for the Red Sox on Saturday. He is 9-6
with a 4.28 ERA in his first 17 starts.

Price is coming off a poor start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, allowing eight
runs and nine hits across 3 1/3 innings.

Before that, Price had been magnificent in his previous nine starts, posting
a 7-1 record with a 2.72 ERA. He allowed 17 earned runs in 56 1/3 innings during
a span from May 12 through June 26. He allowed no more than three earned runs in
any of those starts.

Price is unbeaten in seven career starts and one bullpen appearance against
the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA against Kansas City Saints Elite
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, giving up 12 earned runs in 50 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox’s dynamic duo of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are tough on any
pitching staff and that was the case again Friday.

Betts led off the game with a home run, the 100th of his career. He joins
Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice and Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players with 100
home runs before their 26th birthday.

Betts is batting .369 (41-for-111) with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 26
career games against the Royals. His batting average is the best for any
opposing hitter with a minimum of 100 at-bats against Kansas City.

Martinez hit a two-run shot in the second inning and leads the majors with 27
home runs. Only Carl Yastrzemski, 29 in 1969, and David Ortiz, 31 in 2006, had
more homers before the All-Star break. Martinez leads the American League with
73 RBIs.

The Royals will send rookie right-hander Brad Keller (2-3, 2.09 ERA) to the
mound as they attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Keller, a Rule Five pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mason-cole-jersey ,
threw an eight-inning, complete-game six-hitter at Seattle in his previous
start, only to lose 1-0 to the Mariners.

He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 appearances at Kauffman Stadium. He has a
2.25 ERA in three home starts.

Keller made two relief appearances in May at Boston. He got the final two
outs of the seventh inning withoutout giving up any runs in a 5-4, 11-inning
victory on May 1 and the next day threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

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