OAKLAND -- Left fielder Alex Gordon was back atop the Royals' lineup on Tuesday night.
Gordon was given a break in Monday night's game against the A's, but pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He struck out to run his hitless start to 14 at-bats through the first four games.
Manager Ned Yost also boosted Alcides Escobar to the second slot behind Gordon, dropping usual No. 2 occupant Lorenzo Cain to sixth behind Mike Moustakas.
"Cain's struggling a little bit, pressing a little bit. Drop him down in the order, take a little pressure off him until he gets it going -- which he will," Yost said.
In the first four games, Cain was 1-for-14. Yost plans to give Cain a break on Wednesday and use Mitch Maier in center field.