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Royals | Johnny Giavotella demoted to Triple-A

The Kansas City Royals have optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha, meaning that the parent club will use a platoon of Yuniesky Betancourt and Chris Getz at second base. "(Giavotella) needs to continue to focus on his defense," manager Ned Yost said. "Johnny is a much better defender today than he was at this time last year, but we had two better defensive options in Betancourt and Getz." Betancourt will also serve as the team's primary backup option at shortstop and third base.

Giavotella's demotion means that OF Lorenzo Cain could become the No. 2 hitter in the batting order, because placing Getz in that role would give the Royals three consecutive left-handed hitters at the top of their lineup, between OF Alex Gordon and 1B Eric Hosmer.

2012-03-25 12:53:56 | Source: The Kansas City Star - Bob Dutton

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