Yost adjusting KC lineup due to NL rules
PHILADELPHIA -- Given the offensive explosion on Friday afternoon, Royals manager Ned Yost may have been tempted to stick with the same lineup on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies.
"We're playing National League rules," Yost said. "I want to [go with my regular lineup], but the fact is you have to have confidence in all 25 guys. If I don't play them today, then when do I play them?"
On Friday, in a 13-4 win over Philadelphia, the Royals shook off a bad opening series offensively in Chicago and pounded out 19 hits with Billy Butler on the bench due to the lack of a designated hitter and right-handed starter Kyle Kendrick on the mound. First baseman Eric Hosmer, who entered the game with just one hit, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and left fielder Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
On Saturday, Butler returned to first base and Hosmer took a seat against left-handed starter John Lannan. Francoeur has the most outfield experience, and once the Royals finish the Interleague Play series, they can return to a lineup with all three hitters available.
"I'm going to get everyone in the lineup this weekend," Yost said on Friday. "Billy will play on Saturday."
The Royals' bench featured only left-handed hitters on Saturday.