Alcides Escobar returns to Royals lineup against White Sox

Royals manager Ned Yost penciled Alcides Escobar into his lineup for Saturday afternoon, even after Escobar left the previous night’s game with a cramp in his left calf. The team instructed Escobar to tell them if he felt any discomfort during pre-game exercises.

"Yesterday it felt really tight," Escobar said. "Right now, I’m not feeling bad."

If his leg holds up, he’ll join his teammates at 1:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26 ERA) faces Hector Noesi (2-3, 4.21 ERA):

ROYALS (34-32)

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.

WHITE SOX (33-35)

1. Adam Eaton, CF.

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B.

3. Jose Abreu, 1B.

4. Dayan Viciedo, LF.

5. Alexi Ramirez, SS.

6. Paul Konerko, DH.

7. Moises Sierra, RF.

8. Tyler Flowers, C.

9. Leury Garcia, 3B.

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