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Royals catcher Salvador Perez not in lineup vs. Indians for Wednesday’s game

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) checks his jaw after being hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes in the seventh inning during Tuesday's baseball game on June 2, 2015 Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) checks his jaw after being hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes in the seventh inning during Tuesday's baseball game on June 2, 2015 Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Royals take on the Indians and reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on Fox Sports KC.

Catcher Salvador Perez is not in the lineup. He took a foul tip off the mask in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss and was removed from the game. Drew Butera caught the ninth inning and he’ll start.

Perez said after the game that he passed a concussion test.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez says he feels good today and is available to play, but will not be in the lineup after being hit in the facemask by a foul tip during Tuesday nights game against the Indians. Video by John Sleezer/The Kans

The Royals look to break from a slump. They’ve lost six of seven and have scored one run in five of those games.

Here are the lineups:

ROYALS (29-20)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B

3. Lorenzo Cain, CF

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B

5. Kendrys Morales, DH

6. Alex Gordon, LF

7. Alex Rios, RF

8. Omar Infante, 2B

9. Drew Butera, C

P Jason Vargas (3-2, 5.16 ERA)

INDIANS (25-26)

1. Jason Kipnis, 2B

2. Mike Aviles, SS

3. Carlos Santana, 1B

4. Ryan Raburn, LF

5. Nick Swisher, DH

6. Brandon Moss, RF

7. Yan Gomes, C

8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B

9. Michael Bourn, CF

P Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.52 ERA)

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