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Raul Ibanez starts at DH as Royals continues series against Minnesota Twins

Pitcher Liam Hendricks will start his first game for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, against the Minnesota Twins.
Pitcher Liam Hendricks will start his first game for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, against the Minnesota Twins. The Kansas City Star

In his last outing against the Royals, Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes scattered seven hits across 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball. Four of those hits were accumulated by Nori Aoki and Raul Ibanez. So the duo is back in the lineup for a rematch on Wednesday.

Here are the lineups as Liam Hendriks (1-0, 6.08 ERA) faces Phil Hughes (14-8, 3.65 ERA):

TWINS (58-73)

1. Danny Santana, CF.

2. Brian Dozier, 2B.

3. Joe Mauer, 1B.

4. Kennys Vargas, DH.

5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF.

6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B.

7. Kurt Suzuki, C.

8. Eduardo Escobar, SS.

9. Jordan Schafer, LF.

ROYALS (73-58)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Alcides Escoabr, SS.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Salvador Perez, C.

6. Raul Ibanez, DH.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Christian Colon, 2B.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

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