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Jarrod Dyson at top of lineup as Royals start series with Oakland Athletics

The Kansas City Royals’ Jarrod Dyson (1) stole third base behind the San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval (48) in the eighth inning during Sunday’s game. Dyson will lead off in the opener against the Oakland A’s.
The Kansas City Royals’ Jarrod Dyson (1) stole third base behind the San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval (48) in the eighth inning during Sunday’s game. Dyson will lead off in the opener against the Oakland A’s. The Kansas City Star

A day after collecting three hits and stealing three bases, Jarrod Dyson is back in the Royals lineup. He will lead off as the team begins a four-game test against Oakland.

Nori Aoki is on the bench. The team has its optimal defensive outfield in alignment, with Alex Gordon in left, Lorenzo Cain in right and Dyson in the middle.

Here are the lineups as RHP Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.47 ERA) faces RHP Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA):

ATHLETICS (72-45)

1. Coco Crisp, CF

2. Josh Reddick, RF

3. Josh Donaldson, 3B

4. Brandon Moss, LF

5. Derek Norris, C

6. Stephen Vogt, LF

7. Jed Lowrie, SS

8. John Jaso, DH

9. Eric Sogard, 2B

ROYALS (63-53)

1. Jarrod Dyson, CF

2. Omar Infante, 2B

3. Salvador Perez, C

4. Billy Butler, 1B

5. Alex Gordon, LF

6. Lorenzo Cain, RF

7. Raul Ibanez, DH

8. Mike Moustakas, 3B

9. Alcides Escobar, SS

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