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Josh Willingham to start at DH, bat sixth in Royals debut against Oakland

Josh Willingham will bat sixth as the designated hitter against the Oakland Athletics in his Royals debut.
Josh Willingham will bat sixth as the designated hitter against the Oakland Athletics in his Royals debut. The Kansas City Star

Josh Willingham is the lineup for Tuesday’s Royals game against the Athletics. He will start at designated hitter and bat sixth.

Relief pitcher Scott Downs was placed on the disabled list to make room for Willingham on the active roster.

Here are the lineups as RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-9, 4.35 ERA) faces LHP Jon Lester (12-7, 2.44 ERA):

ATHLETICS (72-46)

1. Sam Fuld, CF

2. John Jaso, DH

3. Josh Donaldson, 3B

4. Brandon Moss, LF

5. Derek Norris, C

6. Stephen Vogt, 1B

7. Josh Reddick, RF

8. Alberto Callaspo, 2B

9. Eric Sogard, SS

ROYALS (64-53)

1. Nori Aoki, RF

2. Omar Infante, 2B

3. Salvador Perez, C

4. Billy Butler, 1B

5. Alex Gordon, LF

6. Josh Willingham, DH

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B

8. Lorenzo Cain, CF

9. Alcides Escobar, SS

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