Reason: Francoeur had done rather well previously against Porcello in his career, .357 (5-for-14) with a triple and two RBIs.
Francoeur sat out Wednesday night's game with Lorenzo Cain playing right field. Cain, though, was in center field with Jarrod Dyson nursing a sore right shoulder.
Fittingly, it was Frenchy Quarter Night, a weekly Thursday event in the right-field seats at Kauffman Stadium, so Francoeur fans could see their man. He had not started in two of the previous three Frenchy Quarter games, and in the one before that, he was ejected in the second inning.
"I'm hoping to stay in there -- not get tossed," he said.