Opinion

Alcides Escobat bats second as Royals look to spark offense

The Royals experienced back-to-back offensive outages in the first two games of this series with Baltimore. They hope to bounce back on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game begins at 6:30 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Danny Duffy (1-3, 1.96 ERA) faces Bud Norris (2-3, 3.98 ERA):

ORIOLES (22-18)

1. Nick Markakis, RF.

2. Manny Machado, 3B.

3. Adam Jones, CF.

4. Chris Davis, 1B.

5. Nelson Cruz, LF.

6. JJ Hardy, SS.

7. Delmon Young, DH.

8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B.

9. Caleb Joseph, C.

ROYALS (20-21)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Alcides Escobar, SS.

3. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

4. Billy Butler, DH.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Johnny Giavotella, 2B.

9. Brett Hayes, C.

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