Eric Hosmer stays in No. 3 spot as Royals finish St. Louis series

The task does not get easier for the Royals on Thursday night. A day after dueling with Adam Wainwright, the team faces Cardinals starter Michael Wacha.

The game begins at 7:10 p.m. It can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as RHP Yordano Ventura (2-5, 3.45 ERA) faces RHP Wacha (4-3, 2.45 ERA):


1. Matt Carpenter, 3B.

2. Kolten Wong, 2B.

3. Matt Holliday, DH.

4. Allen Craig, 1B.

5. Yadier Molina, C.

6. Oscar Taveras, RF.

7. Jhonny Peralta, SS.

8. Jon Jay, LF.

9. Peter Bourjos, CF.

ROYALS (28-31)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

4. Billy Butler, DH.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Salvador Perez, C.

7. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

8. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

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