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Alex Gordon, Billy Butler sit as Royals conclude series with Indians

The Royals' Alex Gordon slides safely into home plate blowing a bubble as Tigers catcher Alex Avila can't handle the throw during their June 16 baseball game in Detroit.
The Royals' Alex Gordon slides safely into home plate blowing a bubble as Tigers catcher Alex Avila can't handle the throw during their June 16 baseball game in Detroit. AP

Billy Butler and Alex Gordon received rare days off for Sunday’s series finale against the Indians. Butler has appeared in all 86 of the team’s games this year. Gordon sat out in Detroit last month due to a stomach virus, and played in the 85 other contests.

Raul Ibanez replaces Gordon in left. Danny Valencia will be the designated hitter.

The game begins at 12:05. It can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as LHP Danny Duffy (5-7, 2.60 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (7-6, 2.99 ERA):

ROYALS (45-41)

1. Lorenzo Cain, RF.

2. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

3. Salvador Perez, C.

4. Raul Ibanez, LF.

5. Danny Valencia, DH.

6. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

7. Alcides Escobar, SS.

8. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

9. Christian Colon, 2B.

INDIANS (42-44)

1. Jason Kipnis, 2B.

2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS.

3. Michael Brantley, CF.

4. Carlos Santana, 1B.

5. Ryan Raburn, RF.

6. Nick Swisher, DH.

7. Yan Gomes, C.

8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B.

9. Mike Aviles, LF.

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