• Third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the lineup Tuesday, batting sixth after getting Sunday off. Moustakas is in the throes of an 0-for-13 slump. Meanwhile, Francoeur hopes familiar surroundings can help him shake off his own 1-for-13 skein entering Tuesday's game.
• Eric Hosmer started for the second straight game at first base Tuesday. He started and went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday against Toronto after getting the first two games of the series off. Billy Butler got the night off on Tuesday. Yost said the two will switch tomorrow, with Butler manning first, while Hosmer rests. Yost said he wasn't enthusiastic about putting Hosmer in the outfield and Butler at first unless both were swinging hot bats.
"Right now, with [Hosmer's] quad, I'm not pushing anything," he said. "That was designed for, if one, him or Billy was just tearing the cover off the ball, and you couldn't keep them out of the lineup. Both guys are doing okay, but neither of them have gotten hot yet. The idea behind that was if one or both of those guys were hot, we had to keep them both in there."
• It if sounded like the Royals had decent support Tuesday night at Turner Field, it's because they did. Yost bought in the neighborhood of 40-to-50 tickets for friends. Francoeur, an Atlanta native who got a nice ovation during pre-game introductions, did the same, and he said that he was expecting more than 100 more friends and family to attend.