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Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:17 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.
Fantasy Tip: Right now, Gordon and Butler are the team's best hitters, so it makes sense to put them in the biggest run-producing spots in the lineup. Yost also cited that it splits up his left- and right-handed bats in Gordon and Eric Hosmer and Butler and Mike Moustakas.
Wed, 08 May 2013 15:07:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is considering changing up his lineup in the near future that would possibly include moving OF Alex Gordon from leadoff to third in the lineup and increased playing time for OF Jarrod Dyson and 2B Elliot Johnson. Dyson started in center field Wednesday, May 8, and OF Lorenzo Cain shifted to right in place of struggling OF Jeff Francoeur. Johnson started for the second day over 2B Chris Getz. Gordon is hitting only .180 (9-for-50) when leading off an inning compared to .490 (24-for-49) with runners on base. Yost is considering Dyson, Cain or SS Alcides Escobar for options at leadoff. Moving Gordon to third in the lineup would allow 1B Billy Butler to return to the cleanup spot.
Fantasy Tip: This could have varying degrees of fantasy implications. For one, this will give Gordon more opportunities for RBIs, and it also should put Dyson on the radar of deep mixed gamers if Francoeur continues to lose out. Yost believes Eric Hosmer eventually deserves to be the three hitter, but he's holding off until he picks it up at the plate.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:44:02 -0700
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (foot) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 13, after missing the game with a bruised right foot Tuesday, March 12. SS Alcides Escobar (back) should return by the weekend.
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:35:51 -0700
The Kansas City Royals scratched SS Alcides Escobar (back) from the lineup with minor back tightness Tuesday, March 12. He would play if it were the regular season.
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:37:20 -0800
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar may miss one workout because of a visa issue. He's expected to report later this week.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:39:05 -0800
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar is hitting .342 in 18 games in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:22:58 -0700
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (groin) and SS Alcides Escobar (shoulder) are both in the lineup Monday, Oct. 1, but 1B Eric Hosmer (shoulder) remains sidelined.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:04:03 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson stole his 30th base on Sunday, Sept. 30. Together with SS Alcides Escobar's 32 steals, the team has two 30-steal players for the first time since 1985.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:16:10 -0700
The Kansas City Royals rested SS Alcides Escobar (shoulder) for a second straight game on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:14:39 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (shoulder) and SS Alcides Escobar (shoulder) are both out with shoulder ailments Friday, Sept. 28, but their injuries aren't thought to be serious. Escobar's MRI exam showed no damage and Hosmer is awaiting his results. Escobar expects to play Saturday, Sept. 29.