Francoeur getting reacquainted with center

Francoeur getting reacquainted with center

Francoeur getting reacquainted with center
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Francoeur is getting action in center field for the first time since 2006, but the Royals' regular right fielder says he's enjoying the change for Interleague Play.

First baseman Eric Hosmer is in right field so that designated hitter Billy Butler, with no DH in the National League city, can stay in the lineup at first base.

"The one thing here [at PNC Park], is the left-center gap is the big one and I try to favor that. Hoz is in right and he's a good enough athlete to cover that," Francoeur said.

Hosmer, playing his first game in right in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Pirates, was charged with an error when a base hit kicked away from him.

"He blocked it," Francoeur said. "It just went off to the side. It could've happened to me if I did that."