Royals look to sweep Diamondbacks, gain ground on Tigers in American League Central

Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie
Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie MCT

A loss by the Tigers this afternoon at Yankee Stadium opened the door for the Royals to gain more ground in the American League Central. With a victory on Thursday over Arizona, the Royals would complete a sweep and pull within 2 ½ games of Detroit.

Manager Ned Yost unfurled his usual lineup for this series finale.

Here are the lineups as Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 4.50 ERA) faces Vidal Nuno (0-2, 3.07 ERA):

ROYALS (59-53)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Salvador Perez, C.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS.

9. Jeremy Guthrie, P.


1. Ender Inciarte, CF.

2. Aaron Hill, 2B.

3. David Peralta, RF.

4. Mark Trumbo, 1B.

5. Miguel Montero, C.

6. David Lamb, 3B.

7. Didi Gregorius, SS.

8. Roger Kieschnick, LF.

9. Vidal Nuno, P.

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