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Game Thread, Pirates at Royals, 9/12/20

Pittsburgh Pirates v Kansas City Royals
Well, that was exciting.
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Let’s get the normal stuff out of the way first: tonight the Pirates, still smarting from last night’s close loss, take on the Royals in the second game of a three-fer at Kauffman Stadium. Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.80 ERA, 38 K, TOO MANY &%$& HOMERS) takes the mound for the Bucs, while rookie Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 1.42 ERA, 4 K) will make his MLB starting debut for the Royals.

Now for the not-so-normal stuff: the game will be broadcast by AT&T SportsNet, but will start at 7:35 EDT instead of 7:05. This is due to a standoff with a gunman at Arrowhead Stadium which as of this writing (6:20 p.m.) is still ongoing. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but the Pirates were held up at their hotel until the situation de-escalated. Also, this game thread was a little delayed because the Pirates website literally just posted today’s lineup. Slackers.

So here are the lineups (finally), and, as always, LET’S GO BUCS!


1. Erik Gonzalez, SS

2. Adam Frazier, LF

3. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B

4. Colin Moran, DH

5. Josh Bell, 1B

6. Gregory Polanco, RF

7. Bryan Reynolds, CF

8. Kevin Newman, 2B

9. Jacob Stallings, C


1. Whit Merrifield, RF

2. Adalberto Mondesi, SS

3. Salvador Perez, C

4. Maikel Franco, 1B

5. Hunter Dozier, DH

6. Alex Gordon, LF

7. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B

8. Edward Olivares, CF

9. Nicky Lopez 2B