Everything you should know about bizarre afternoon at Fenway

Rob Bradford
August 22, 2019 - 7:16 am
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It could take four at-bats, it could take four hours. When it comes to the completion of the Red Sox' suspended game with the Royals Thursday afternoon there is plenty of mystery.

There are, however, some aspects of the 1 p.m. tilt at Fenway Park which we do know. Here is a cheat sheet for what is the completion of a game that started Aug. 7:

- The game will begin with Meibrys Viloria hitting with a 2-1 count. While Josh Taylor was the pitcher who started the at-bat, he doesn't have to be the Red Sox pitcher to open the affair. It might, however, behoove the Red Sox to find a lefty to throw at Viloria, who is just 2-for-18 against southpaws this season. Another lefty, Ryan O'Hearn, is on-deck for the Royals. The third batter will be a replacement, with the original No. 9 hitter for Kansas City, Billy Hamilton, having been released.

- Any player currently on the 25-man roster as of Thursday is eligible to participate. With the exception ...

- If a player has been removed from the Aug. 7 game can't play. For the Red Sox that would include pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Darwinzon Hernandez, Nathan Eovaldi and Brandon Workman. The Sox' lineup is still intact, with Alex Cora not having used any positional replacements.

- The first three Red Sox hitters due up are Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez and Mitch Moreland, who has raised his batting average 22 points since the game began. 

- The Red Sox enter the game seven games in back of Tampa Bay for the final Wild Card spot, having been six games out when this game was originally suspended. The Sox are now six games over .500 compared to the four games over .500 they had managed when Kansas City originally left town.

- The Royals are flying in from Baltimore, where they have lost two games in a row. Since leaving Boston Kansas City has been the worst-hitting team in the majors, totaling a .199 batting average. The Red Sox have been third-best at .299.

- There will be no National Anthem.

- There isn't a single member of the Kansas City media who will be making the trip. The team's television coverage will consist of a feed from NESN.

- There is no media access to the players or managers prior to the game.

- Fans can walk on the warning track between 11 a.m.-noon. Kids will be able to run the bases following the game. Kids under 18 years old will gain free entrance, with adults getting in with $5 general admission tickets. All proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund.