Gio atop Royals' revamped lineup for finale

Gio atop Royals' revamped lineup for finale

Gio atop Royals' revamped lineup for finale
KANSAS CITY -- Often times a team's Sunday lineup is a little different as managers give certain guys a day off after a night game, and give extra men a chance to play.

But the Royals' Ned Yost did an extensive revamping for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Part of the reason was to tilt the top of the lineup to the right-handed side with the D-backs starting left-hander Wade Miley.

"We've got a bunch of left-handed hitters in our lineup, and what we tried to do today is try to get our hottest hitters at the top of the lineup and see if we can get some production," Yost said. "Until we get it firing on all cylinders, we're just going to have to make adjustments and go day to day on it."

Johnny Giavotella got his second start at second base and his first in the leadoff spot since being recalled on May 9. Three other right-handed hitters were in the top five spots -- Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur -- with lefty Mike Moustakas moving up to the three-hole for the first time.

Escobar (.304), Moustakas (.298) and Butler (.301) fit in the "hottest hitters" category. Meantime, Alex Gordon (.237) and Eric Hosmer (.176) were struggling lefties and were dropped into the sixth and seventh spots.

Hosmer's travail has been well-documented but, going into Sunday's game, Francoeur was 2-for-17 and Gordon 3-for-18 on this homestand.

"Both of them, I think, are close," Yost said. "And, it's the same thing for Hoz a little bit, their timing is off and they're late on fastballs. I think that comes from early in the year when they were seeing a real steady diet of offspeed stuff. Early in the year they were all geared for the fastball, they started seeing a lot of offspeed stuff, they started making an adjustment and now they're back to seeing fastballs and their timing is just a tick off."

In the end, it didn't make any difference how the lineup stacked up. Francoeur had four hits, but got little help as Miley and the D-backs prevailed, 2-0.