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Moustakas sidelined by flu for finale against Rays

Moustakas sidelined by flu for finale against Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas joined the growing roster of medically afflicted Royals players on Wednesday.

Moustakas was bumped from the starting lineup against the Rays because of flu.

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"He was throwing up all night," manager Ned Yost said before the rubber game.

Moustakas' left-handed bat was supposed to be in the lineup against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, but Moustakas' right-handed counterpart, Danny Valencia, took his spot.

"Moose is in the training room looking like death warmed over," Yost said.

Left fielder Alex Gordon was also scratched because of a sprained right wrist and starting pitcher Jason Vargas was in the hospital, awaiting appendix surgery.

"I heard [Vargas] was sick, then Moose came in sick and now I'm like, 'Oh, Lord, I hope this isn't an epidemic,'" Yost said. "But everybody [else] is doing OK."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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