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Alcides Escobar returns to Royals lineup as Lorenzo Cain sits out

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar ended up on top of Oakland Athletics’ Brett Lawrie after forcing him out at second in seventh inning before Escobar exited the game Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar ended up on top of Oakland Athletics’ Brett Lawrie after forcing him out at second in seventh inning before Escobar exited the game Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

After two days to rest his sprained knee, Alcides Escobar will return to the Royals lineup on Monday evening against the Twins.

Lorenzo Cain is not in the lineup. He has not yet had a day off in 2015. Jarrod Dyson will play center field.

With Omar Infante injured, Christian Colon will start at second base. The club has not yet announced a roster move for Infante, who strained his groin on Sunday.

Here are the lineups as RHP Edinson Volquez (1-1, 2.30 ERA) faces RHP Kyle Gibson (1-1, 6.10 ERA):

TWINS (5-7)

1. Danny Santana, SS.

2. Torii Hunter, RF.

3. Joe Mauer, 1B.

4. Brian Dozier, 2B.

5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B.

6. Eduardo Escobar, DH.

7. Oswaldo Arcia, LF.

8. Kurt Suzuki, C.

9. Jordan Schafer, CF.

ROYALS (9-3)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

3. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

4. Kendrys Morales, DH.

5. Salvador Perez, C.

6. Alex Gordon, LF.

7. Paulo Orlando, RF.

8. Christian Colon, 2B.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

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