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Royals’ Moustakas had hoped to play through pain but he’s out of the lineup Friday

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the starting lineup Friday.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the starting lineup Friday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It may be a while before Mike Moustakas can set a new Royals record for home runs hit in a season.

The third baseman, who tied Steve Balboni’s mark with his 36th homer of the year last week, was not in the starting lineup for the second game of a series against the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

Moustakas went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch as the Royals’ designated hitter in Thursday’s loss, one night after reaggravating a right knee injury that’s bothered him since Aug. 23. The Royals hoped keeping him out of the field would be enough to alleviate Moustakas’ discomfort, but the situation took a turn.

“It was bothering him a little bit,” manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll see where he’s at today and maybe even tomorrow, too, if it’s not better. Just try to get on the good side of it.”

Ramon Torres filled in for Moustakas at third base for the second night in a row.

And Lorenzo Cain got his first chance of the season to DH. He’s experienced tightness in his quadriceps, so the Royals went with Paulo Orlando in center field on Friday.

“We’re just trying to make sure to take care of that,” Yost said.

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