Opinion

Royals’ Escobar drops to ninth in batting order for Monday night’s game

The Royals' Alcides Escobar (2) connected on an RBI triple that scored Alex Rios and also scored Escobar after a throwing error by Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias during their Aug. 12 baseball game at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Alcides Escobar (2) connected on an RBI triple that scored Alex Rios and also scored Escobar after a throwing error by Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias during their Aug. 12 baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

For the first time since last September, Alcides Escobar isn’t batting leadoff for the Royals. Ben Zobrist gets the call for Monday’s game against the Twins. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium and on Fox Sports Kansas City.

ROYALS (82-54)

1.Ben Zobrist 2B

2. Lorenzo Cain CF

3. Eric Hosmer 1B

4. Kendrys Morales DH

5. Jonny Gomes RF

6. Mike Moustakas 3B

7. Salvador Perez C

8. Paulo Orlando LF

9. Alcides Escobar SS

P Yordano Ventura (10-7, 4.24 ERA)

TWINS (70-66)

1.Aaron Hicks CF

2. Brian Dozier 2B

3. Joe Mauer 1B

4. Miguel Sano DH

5. Trevor Plouffe 3B

6. Eddie Rosario LF

7. Torii Hunter RF

8. Kurt Suzuki C

9 Eduardo Escobar SS

P Tommy Milone (7-4, 3.60 ERA)

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