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Yost shuffles lineup, hoping to spark offense

Yost shuffles lineup, hoping to spark offense

Yost shuffles lineup, hoping to spark offense
DENVER -- The aspirin was on Ned Yost's desk in the visiting clubhouse before Saturday night's game. The Royals' manager woke up with a headache.

"I felt like I slept under a rock last night," Yost said.

More like under the Rockies, who gave the Royals a 9-0 headache on Friday night, the shutout only underscoring the recent lack of runs by Yost's club. There's no easy answer but Yost did a little lineup tinkering for the second game of the series.

Nothing very dramatic. He'd already lifted hot-hitting Chris Getz into the leadoff spot with Melky Cabrera going back to his old No. 2 spot in the opener. For Saturday night, he inserted Alex Gordon into his original third position with Jeff Francoeur hitting fourth, Eric Hosmer fifth and so on.

"You try to keep an offense sequence going no matter where your lineup is. Up till the last couple of days, we've been pretty productive getting things going from one to six and then seven, eight, nine halts," Yost said. "We're trying to find a way to keep that sequence going all throughout the lineup."

His options are limited at Colorado because the pitchers are hitting, but designated hitter Billy Butler will be dropped into the cleanup spot on Monday at Chicago against the White Sox, with perhaps Mike Moustakas hitting eighth and Alcides Escobar ninth.

"You spread 'em out more," Yost said. "I want speed and athleticism at the top and I want guys that can at least have a chance to produce down at the bottom and keep it going."

In the first four games of this trip, all losses, the Royals were just 3-for-29 (.109) with runners in scoring position with a total of only six runs. Yost was confident the batting slide would end sometime.

"It always does," he said, "but it's painful going through it."

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