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Josh Willingham starts for Royals, bats third as Tigers series resumes

The Royals’s Josh Willingham started Saturday at designated hitter against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals’s Josh Willingham started Saturday at designated hitter against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

The Royals do not have much time to lick their wounds. They have a quick turnaround for Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain are on the bench. Josh Willingham will start at designated hitter.

Here are the lineups as James Shields (14-7, 3.15 ERA) faces Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.26 ERA):

TIGERS (85-68)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B.

2. Torii Hunter, RF.

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B.

4. Victor Martinez, DH.

5. J.D. Martinez, LF.

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B.

7. Eugenio Suarez, SS.

8. Bryan Holaday, C.

9. Rajai Davis, CF.

ROYALS (83-69)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Nori Aoki, RF.

3. Josh Willingham, DH.

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

A sellout crowd showed up for Friday’s series opener. The Royals did not.

Sam Mellinger columnizes the embarrassment.

Blair Kerkhoff visited the confident Detroit clubhouse after the beatdown.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

58.7 percent.

THE STANDINGS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

KC trails Detroit by 1 ½ games.

THE STANDINGS IN THE WILD CARD RACE

KC leads Seattle for the second spot by a half game.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

"Look Back In Anger" by Television Personalities.

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

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