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Moustakas hits in three-hole for time being

KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the No. 3 spot in the batting order on Monday night against the Rays, but don't expect him to stay there.

Meantime, first baseman Eric Hosmer batted sixth as he tries to dig out of his season-long bumpy ride. Hosmer sat out Sunday's I-70 Series finale after batting fourth in the previous two games against the Cardinals.

This was just third time for Moustakas in the three-hole.

"We think he's going to be a middle-of-the-order lineup hitter," manager Ned Yost said. "We think Hoz is more likely to be a three and Moose a four, but right now that's what fits best for our team and our lineup, and we'll leave him there for a little bit."

KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the No. 3 spot in the batting order on Monday night against the Rays, but don't expect him to stay there.

Meantime, first baseman Eric Hosmer batted sixth as he tries to dig out of his season-long bumpy ride. Hosmer sat out Sunday's I-70 Series finale after batting fourth in the previous two games against the Cardinals.

This was just third time for Moustakas in the three-hole.

"We think he's going to be a middle-of-the-order lineup hitter," manager Ned Yost said. "We think Hoz is more likely to be a three and Moose a four, but right now that's what fits best for our team and our lineup, and we'll leave him there for a little bit."

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