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Salvador Perez gets first day off in 2015 as Royals finish series with Oakland

The Royals' Paulo Orlando celebrated after reaching third on a triple against the White Sox during their April 9 game at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Paulo Orlando celebrated after reaching third on a triple against the White Sox during their April 9 game at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

The Royals will roll out only five of their regulars for a series finale with Oakland. Salvador Perez has his first day off of the season. Alex Gordon continues to sit out day games after night games. With Alcides Escobar still on the mend and Alex Rios on the disabled list, the backups will hold sway on Sunday.

Here are the lineups as LHP Danny Duffy (1-0, 6.35 ERA) faces LHP Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.69 ERA):

ATHLETICS (6-6)

1. Craig Gentry, CF.

2. Mark Canha, 1B.

3. Ben Zobrist, 2B.

4. Billy Butler, DH.

5. Cody Ross, LF.

6. Josh Phegley, C.

7. Brett Lawrie, 3B.

8. Josh Reddick, RF.

9. Marcus Semien, SS.

ROYALS (8-3)

1. Paulo Orlando, RF.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

5. Kendrys Morales, DH.

6. Omar Infante, 2B.

7. Erik Kratz, C.

8. Christian Colon, SS.

9. Jarrod Dyson, LF.

FROM THE STAR

1. Here is Blair Kerkhoff covering Saturday’s game and Yordano Ventura’s ejection.

2. Sam Mellinger wrote a column about the imbroglio.

3. Blair also covered TextGate between Escobar and Brett Lawrie.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

22.0 percent.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

"One More Hour" by Sleater-Kinney.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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