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No right field for Royals’ Eric Hosmer in New York this time

Eric Hosmer got tangled up with Christian Colon as he mishandled a shallow hit ball by New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning of a game on May 25 in New York. The Yankees won 14-1.
Eric Hosmer got tangled up with Christian Colon as he mishandled a shallow hit ball by New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning of a game on May 25 in New York. The Yankees won 14-1. The Associated Press

Eric Hosmer has played first base nearly every game he’s suited up for the Royals. But he’s started one game in right field — against the Mets at Citi Field.

It occurred in 2013, the Royals last trip to the stadium where they’ll play Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

Hosmer opened the game in right and played six innings before moving to first base. He didn’t get a defensive chance in the outfield. The idea that day was to get more offense in the lineup with Billy Butler as the first baseman.

“It went good, no mistakes,” Hosmer said.

There was some whispering that Hosmer could see time in right field with Kendry Morales moving to first base. The designated hitter won’t be part of the games played at Citi Field.

But Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Morales won’t start the games in New York. He’ll be available as a pinch hitter.

Homser played right field for three innings in a game this season, also in New York, in a 14-1 loss to the Yankees.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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