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Moore in lineup at catcher against hometown team


ARLINGTON -- When he was a kid, Adam Moore would come to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez, his favorite Rangers. Now he's back, this time as a visiting player.

Moore was called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 26, when everyday catcher Salvador Perez was placed on bereavement leave to be with his family in Venezuela following the death of his grandmother. Moore will have around 50 friends and family members, including his parents, watching him this weekend.

"Growing up, I was always a Rangers fan," Moore said. "It's awesome, especially getting here and getting two starts in a row, getting to play in front of family and friends, coming to a ballpark I always came to as a young kid."

Moore has one hit in seven at-bats in four games since joining the Royals, playing in four games and making two starts. He was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, catching and batting eighth. Perez is expected to return Monday.

"You don't wish that on anyone, but at the same time, I'm getting an opportunity and I'm trying to take advantage of it," Moore said. "We all know that, as soon as Salvador gets back, he's the guy. He's one of the best catchers in the game."

Christian Corona is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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