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Salvy gets break before finale against O's

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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."

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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."

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With Perez out, Yost dropped Eric Hosmer into the third spot in the order and elevated Alcides Escobar to the No. 2 hole.

"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.

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