Paulo Orlando starts for Alex Rios as Royals face Mariners

Kansas City Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando.
Kansas City Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando. The Kansas City Star

With Alex Rios resting his sore right thumb, the Royals cannot role out their proposed opening-day lineup. Instead, Paulo Orlando will play right field as the team faces the Mariners on Friday night at Surprise Stadium.

Here is the lineup, with Yordano Ventura on the mound:

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Alex Gordon, LF.

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

5. Kendrys Morales, DH.

6. Salvador Perez, C.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Paulo Orlando, RF.

9. Omar Infante, 2B.

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