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Salvador Perez to DH as Royals face new Oakland ace Jon Lester

08/02/2014 12:29 PM

08/02/2014 12:30 PM

Billy Butler will stay at first base as the Royals face the Athletics for the second baseball game of this series at O.co Coliseum. Salvador Perez will be the designated hitter, and Erik Kratz will make his first start for Kansas City.

The day before, manager Ned Yost worried about potentially losing the DH spot if an injury happened to Kratz. But he is willing to gamble, rather than expose Perez to extended action at first.

Here are the lineups as Jason Vargas (8-4, 3.31 ERA) faces Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA):

ROYALS (56-52)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Salvador Perez, DH.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Erik Kratz, C.

7. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

8. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

ATHLETICS (66-42)

1. Sam Fuld, CF.

2. Jed Lowrie, SS.

3. Josh Donaldson, 3B.

4. Derek Norris, C.

5. Jonny Gomes, LF.

6. Stephen Vogt, 1B.

7. Alberto Callaspo, DH.

8. Josh Reddick, RF.

9. Nick Punto, 2B.

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