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Moustakas out of lineup with tight hamstring

CHICAGO -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas wasn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale.

Moustakas has been dealing with a tight hamstring since Wednesday, when he was scratched from the lineup against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester. The hamstring and Saturday's left-handed starter were the two reasons manager Ned Yost said he opted to sit Moustakas on Saturday.

"He got through the game pretty good [Friday] night, didn't hurt it any further than it was. He's about 85 percent," Yost said. "[With a] lefty going, it's a good day to give him a break."

Yost said he told Moustakas on Friday night that he wouldn't start at third base, noting Saturday's wet and slippery conditions weren't a factor in giving the third baseman the day off.

Irving Falu started at third base and batted seventh on Saturday.

CHICAGO -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas wasn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale.

Moustakas has been dealing with a tight hamstring since Wednesday, when he was scratched from the lineup against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester. The hamstring and Saturday's left-handed starter were the two reasons manager Ned Yost said he opted to sit Moustakas on Saturday.

"He got through the game pretty good [Friday] night, didn't hurt it any further than it was. He's about 85 percent," Yost said. "[With a] lefty going, it's a good day to give him a break."

Yost said he told Moustakas on Friday night that he wouldn't start at third base, noting Saturday's wet and slippery conditions weren't a factor in giving the third baseman the day off.

Irving Falu started at third base and batted seventh on Saturday.

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