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Lineups: Nori Aoki rests as Royals look to stay in first place against Tigers

Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki
Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki The Kansas City Star

Royals outfielder Nori Aoki is available as a late-game substitution, but manager Ned Yost wanted to give him a day off. Aoki left Tuesday’s game due to a cramp in his left groin muscle.

The Royals are in first place. They can stay there on Wednesday with their 10th consecutive victory. The game starts as 12:08 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 4.04 ERA) faces Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.58 ERA):

ROYALS (38-32)

1. Omar Infante, 2B.

2. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

3. Billy Butler, DH.

4. Alex Gordon, LF.

5. Salvador Perez, C.

6. Lorenzo Cain, RF.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

TIGERS (36-31)

1. Rajai Davis, LF.

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B.

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH.

4. Victor Martinez, 1B.

5. J.D. Martinez, RF.

6. Alex Avila, C.

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B.

8. Don Kelly, CF.

9. Eugenio Suarez, SS.

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