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A large crowd, possibly a sellout, is expected when the hot Royals return to Kansas City for Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners.

The club said, however, that tickets are still available.

Before the game will be the annual "Big Slick" sponge ball game at the Little K, with entertainers Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Eric Stonestreet among the players. There will also be postgame fireworks.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.