Opinion

Mike Moustakas bats second in Royals’ first lineup of 2015

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain caught his glove during warmups prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday on pening day at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain caught his glove during warmups prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday on pening day at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

It’s overcast and a hint of drizzle has fallen at Kauffman Stadium. But the atmosphere still should be raucous as the Royals begin the defense of their American League crown.

Here are the lineups as Yordano Ventura faces Jeff Samardzija:

WHITE SOX

1. Adam Eaton, CF

2. Melky Cabrera, LF.

3. Jose Abreu, 1B.

4. Adam LaRoche, DH.

5. Avisail Garcia, RF.

6. Alexei Ramirez, SS.

7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B.

8. Tyler Flowers, C.

9. Micah Johnson, 2B.

ROYALS

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

5. Kendrys Morales, DH.

6. Alex Gordon, LF.

7. Alex Rios, RF.

8. Salvador Perez, C.

9. Omar Infante, 2B.

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