KANSAS CITY -- When manager Ned Yost shook up his lineup for Saturday night's game against the Blue Jays, he accomplished some firsts.
Yuniesky Betancourt started a game in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career and Alex Gordon started in the second spot for the first time.
When a team is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, managers tend to get inventive. Previously, Gordon had batted most often in the first, third or sixth spots. Betancourt had seen some duty in the two-hole, but mostly had batted sixth or lower.
"Our best at-bats so far have come from Billy [Butler] and Yuni, so we moved Yuni up to the one-spot and Billy up to the three-spot to see if we can't get our hottest hitters to the top of the lineup," Yost said. "Get some guys on and get some other guys driving them in."
Eric Hosmer, struggling to get going, was moved from third to the cleanup spot.