Billy Butler returns to Royals lineup as series with White Sox begins

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For the second time since Sept. 8, Billy Butler will start for the Royals on Monday night against the White Sox. He will bat seventh as the designated hitter.

In another twist, Jayson Nix will start at third base. Mike Moustakas has the day off.

Here are the lineups as LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05 ERA) faces RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13 ERA):

WHITE SOX (68-81)

1. Adam Eaton, CF.

2. Alexei Ramirez, SS.

3. Jose Abreu, 1B.

4. Conor Gillaspie, 3B.

5. Avisail Garcia, RF.

6. Jordan Danks, LF.

7. Dayan Viciedo, DH.

8. Tyler Flowers, C.

9. Marcus Semien, 2B.

ROYALS (81-67)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Nori Aoki, RF.

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

4. Alex Gordon, LF.

5. Salvador Perez, C.

6. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

7. Billy Butler, DH.

8. Omar Infante, 2B.

9. Jayson Nix, 3B.

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