KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon was back in left field on Friday night against the Twins after two games at first base. During his sojourn on the infield, Gordon went hitless and saw his 19-game streak end.
"Maybe there's a connection, I don't see one," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Guys do a pretty good job of separating their offense from their defense, so I don't think it matters where you play a guy that determines the outcome of his offense."
Yost reverted to a more usual lineup after using Gordon at first, Jarrod Dyson in center field and Mike Aviles at second in the last two games at Cleveland. Kila Ka'aihue was back at first, Chris Getz at second and Melky Cabrera restored to center after a switch to left.
It's not that, after two losses with the revised lineup, Yost threw up his hands and said, "No mas!" He'll be changing the lineup again. His advice: Don't chisel any of his lineups in stone.
"That ain't the way it works," he said. "But I'm trying to use Dyson two or three times a week now until we get Kila going. I'm mixing and matching between Aviles, Getz and [Wilson] Betemit. I've got two spots for three players there, and I'm going to keep all three of those guys playing."
Dyson's blazing speed makes him a good fit in center field, as well as the leadoff spot in the batting order.
"I like Dyson in center," Yost said, then recalled a play from Thursday night's game in Cleveland. "The ball was hit and Melky's running hard [in left field], and I'm thinking, 'He's not going to get it,' and boom, Dyson's there. He can scoot."
Dyson, to keep getting lineup shots, needs to get some hits -- and walks.
"He's got to be a guy that benefits from his walks. He's got to be an on-base guy. With his speed, the ability to bunt, take his walks, beat out infield hits, I look more at on-base percentage. If he could get up to .380 or .400 on-base ... but he doesn't take a lot of walks," Yost said.