As a result, the latest lineup wrinkles on Wednesday night against Twins right-hander P.J. Walters had Eric Hosmer moving up to the No. 2 spot behind Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez going to the No. 3 spot ahead of Billy Butler.
"They liked Salvy in the three because he's a contact guy with power, they liked Hoz in the two for the left-handed advantage behind Alex [Gordon]. Billy in the four, obviously," Yost continued. "They liked [Lorenzo] Cain in the five but I had a hard time having three lefties in a row, especially since they've got three lefties [in the bullpen]. So we put Moose [Mike Moustakas] in the five, Cain in the six to break up the lefties."
So that meant two lefties, Gordon and Hosmer, followed by two righties, Perez and Butler, and lefty Moustakas. Cain, a righty, was followed by lefties David Lough and Chris Getz and righty Alcides Escobar.
At evening's end, the Royals were celebrating a 4-1 victory from this new lineup.
Would those stats guys get a bonus?
"Not yet," Yost said. "We'll see how it works tomorrow."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
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