This is the Royals' projected Opening Day lineup

March 26th, 2018

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' final exhibition game Monday night against their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha was rained out, and they now have three more days to resolve the final two spots in their bullpen as they prepare to set their 25-man Opening Day roster.
But, their lineup is pretty much established heading into Thursday's Opening Day matchup with the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium at 3:15 p.m. CT.
Projected Opening Day lineup (vs. White Sox right-hander )
1. CF
2. Mike Moustakas 3B
3. Whit Merrifield 2B
4. C
5. 1B
6. RF
7. LF
8. DH
9. SS
Key roles
• Jay likely will get the leadoff role because of his .355 career OBP, and because manager Ned Yost sees Merrifield as a solid run-producer, as well as a capable table-setter.

will start the year again as the closer, though he lost that job last September. Yost believes Herrera will learn from his 2017 hiccups.
• The Royals won't have any straight platoon situations, but Yost will try to get in the lineup against certain tough lefties, thus giving Jay or Gordon a day off.
Injury Updates
• All eyes will be on Danny Duffy's status this week. Duffy is scheduled to be the Opening Day starter, but left his final Spring Training start with shoulder tightness. He threw on the side Sunday, and reported he was fine and ready to go for the opener.