KANSAS CITY -- Salvador Perez will be back behind the plate for the Royals on Sunday after getting a break from the starting lineup on Saturday against the Orioles.
"I wanted to give Sal a day off and it's generally a day game after a short turnaround, but with [James] Shields going [Sunday], I wanted to pair him up with Sal," manager Ned Yost said. "So, we chose to give him the day today."
"That kind of creates a hole in the middle of the lineup," Yost said. "Esky's been swinging the bat real well so we decided we'd give it a try and see if we could get something going."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.