KANSAS CITY -- As promised, Royals manager Ned Yost dropped struggling first baseman Eric Hosmer (.222) from third to sixth in the lineup on Thursday.
"I'm just trying to put him in a position where the weight of the world is not on his shoulders, hitting in the three-spot, and just go from there," Yost said.
"He'll gather it back. I don't like moving guys in the order if I can at all avoid it. But it just got to a point where we had to do it."
The immediate results were good. In a 6-1 loss to the Mariners, Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a hard-hit lineout to center.