BOSTON -- Infielder Tony Abreu hadn't played for over a week so Royals manager Ned Yost had him in the lineup on Saturday night against the Red Sox, giving Johnny Giavotella a break at second base.
Abreu came through with the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning, as the Royals rallied for a 10-9 victory to even the series at one game apiece. He finished the night 2-for-6.
Yost views Abreu as a good utility player.
"His natural position is shortstop, but he plays third fine and he's OK at second," Yost said. "[He's a] switch-hitter, he can swing the bat a little bit. Good player, I like him. We've got two really good options with him and [Irving] Falu as utility guys. You don't feel like you're missing out when you put them in the game."
Falu, up with the Royals earlier this year, is currently with Triple-A Omaha batting .317. Abreu, in his time with Omaha, hit .322.
Abreu might also get a start on Sunday at third base in place of Mike Moustakas, who went into Saturday night's game in a 0-for-15 skid.
"He's grinding a little bit, but he's got to learn how to work through it," Yost said of Moustakas.