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Ned Yost sticks with new lineup as Royals finish series with Boston

The Royals' Alcides Escobar leads off again Sunday against the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Alcides Escobar leads off again Sunday against the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

Ned Yost was true to his word. He promised to roll out his newfangled lineup again on Sunday, and he did just that. Nori Aoki remains the designated hitter, and Billy Butler remains on the bench.

Here are the lineups as LHP Jason Vargas (11-8, 3.25 ERA) faces RHP Joe Kelly (1-2, 3.95 ERA):

RED SOX (65-84)

1. Mookie Betts, 2B.

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS.

3. David Ortiz, DH.

4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF.

5. Allen Craig, 1B.

6. Daniel Nava, RF.

7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B.

8. David Ross, C.

9. Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF.

ROYALS (81-66)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Nori Aoki, DH.

3. Lorenzo Cain, RF.

4. Alex Gordon, LF.

5. Salvador Perez, C.

6. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

7. Omar Infante, 2B.

8. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

FROM THE STAR

Ned Yost threw nine names in a hat and came up with a new lineup. Or, something like that. The Royals won.

Brandon Finnegan continues to impress.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

67.9 percent.

THE STANDINGS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

KC trails Detroit by a half game.

THE STANDINGS IN THE WILD CARD RACE

KC leads Seattle by one game for the second spot.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

"Right Back At It Again" by A Day To Remember.

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