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Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain sit as Royals, Blue Jays play series’ second game

The Royals' Lorenzo Cain (6) congratulates Salvador Perez after his two-run homer Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Perez and
The Royals' Lorenzo Cain (6) congratulates Salvador Perez after his two-run homer Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Perez and JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Royals will seek their seventh straight victory Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. Friday night's game finished after midnight because of a two-hour-plus rain delay, so Royals manager Ned Yost gave Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain the day off.

"Asset protection is all that is," manager Ned Yost said. "They're so valuable to our team, now that Gordy's not here, we cannot lose one of those guys."

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost pregame comments before Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Video by John Sleezer/ The Kansas City Star

The Royals sent right-hander Chris Young (7-4, 2.89 ERA) to the mound on three days’ rest. Left-hander Mark Buehrle (9-5, 3.38 ERA) started for the Blue Jays.

First pitch was scheduled for 1:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.

ROYALS (51-33)

1. Alcides Escobar, SS.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

3. Kendrys Morales, DH.

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

5. Alex Rios, LF.

6. Omar Infante, 2B.

7. Paulo Orlando, LF.

8. Drew Butera, C.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

BLUE JAYS (44-45)

1. Jose Reyes, SS.

2. Josh Donaldson, 3B.

3. Jose Bautista, RF.

4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH.

5. Justin Smoak, 1B.

6. Russell Martin, C.

7. Kevin Pillar, CF.

8. Ezequiel Carrera, LF.

9. Devon Travis, 2B.

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