The K Zone

August 3, 2014

Christian Colon starts at 3B, Nori Aoki plays DH at Royals finish Oakland series

The Royals have a chance to pick up a critical series victory Sunday, and they need the leader of their rotation to hold the Athletics at bay. A few lineup quirks: Nori Aoki will play the designated hitter. With a left-hander on the mound for Oakland, Christian Colon starts at third base.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

It’s a quiet morning here at O.co Coliseum. The Royals have a chance to pick up a critical series victory, and they need the leader of their rotation to hold the Athletics at bay.

A few lineup quirks: Nori Aoki will play the designated hitter. With a left-hander on the mound for Oakland, Christian Colon starts at third base.

Here are the lineups as James Shields (9-6, 3.50 ERA) faces Scott Kazmir (12-3, 2.37 ERA):

ROYALS (56-53)

1. Nori Aoki, DH.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Salvador Perez, C.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Lorenzo Cain, RF.

7. Christian Colon, 3B.

8. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

ATHLETICS (67-42)

1. Sam Fuld, CF.

2. John Jaso, DH.

3. Josh Donaldson, 3B.

4. Brandon Moss, LF.

5. Stephen Vogt, 1B.

6. Derek Norris, C.

7. Josh Reddick, RF.

8. Jed Lowrie, SS.

9. Alberto Callaspo, 2B.

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