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Josh Willingham sits out again as back injury continues to hamstring Royals

Royals catcher Salvador Perez will be the designated hitter Sunday. Eric Kratz will start at catcher.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez will be the designated hitter Sunday. Eric Kratz will start at catcher. AP

A case of back stiffness kept Josh Willingham out of Saturday night’s game, when the Royals surely could have utilized his bat off the bench. Willingham is once again out of the lineup as the club hosts ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Erik Kratz starts behind the plate. Salvador Perez will be the D.H.

Here are the lineups as Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.47 ERA) faces T.J. House (2-3, 4.18 ERA):

INDIANS (70-64)

1. Michael Bourn, CF.

2. Jose Ramirez, SS.

3. Michael Brantley, LF.

4. Carlos Santana, 1B.

5. Jason Kipnis, 2B.

6. Yan Gomes, DH.

7. Mike Aviles, 3B.

8. Roberto Perez, C.

9. Tyler Holt, RF.

ROYALS (74-61)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Salvador Perez, DH.

6. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Erik Kratz, C.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

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