Opinion

Josh Willingham slides into cleanup role for Royals as Salvador Perez slumps

If the rain doesn’t ruin the evening, Josh Willingham will be the designated hitter again for the Royals on Wednesday. He will also bat cleanup.

The usual cleanup hitter, Salvador Perez, has zero hits in his last 17 at-bats.

Here are the lineups as James Shields (13-7, 3.23 ERA) faces Rick Porcello (15-10, 3.30 ERA):

ROYALS (79-64)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Josh Willingham, DH.

5. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

6. Salvador Perez, C.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

TIGERS (80-65)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B.

2. Torii Hunter, RF.

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH.

4. Victor Martinez, 1B.

5. J.D. Martinez, LF.

6. Don Kelly, CF.

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B.

8. Alex Avila, C.

9. Andrew Romine, SS.

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